Affidavit on SIMI ban
The Centre on Wednesday filed an additional affidavit in Delhi High Court, detailing the “unlawful” activities carried out by the SIMI since February 2006.india Updated: Aug 21, 2008 01:04 IST
The Centre on Wednesday filed an additional affidavit in Delhi High Court, detailing the “unlawful” activities carried out by the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) since February 2006. The affidavit challenged the High Court order quashing the notification banning the SIMI.
The affidavit also challenged the tribunal’s view that the government had failed to produce witnesses to support the ban. According to the government, 349 cases were registered against the SIMI before February 2006 and 58 cases have been registered during the past two years.
The SIMI was banned on the basis of intelligence inputs and information provided by various state governments, which suggested that SIMI was operating through 46 front organisations. And they collected funds and circulated letters, promoting “jihad”.
The outfit is also found to have supported the extremists in Punjab and Kashmir and still continued its activities despite the ban, the government said.
Pointing out that the notification banning SIMI had the clearance from the Union cabinet and the law ministry, the government claimed the tribunal’s decision to reject the note was prejudiced.