'SIMI's subversive activities rose after ban'

None | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
Jul 27, 2006 11:42 PM IST

Govt claims SIMI has been involved in almost all major explosions across the country.

Stoutly defending the latest ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) imposed on February 7, 2006, Centre on Thursday told the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal that there was no let up in the "anti-national" activities of the organisation which was first proscribed on September 27, 2001.

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On the contrary, the organisation had stepped up its subversive activities and was involved in almost all major explosions, communal violence and circulation of inflammatory material across the country, Centre's Senior Counsel Siddharth Mridul told Justice BN Chaturvedi of Delhi High Court,heading the Special Tribunal set up to examine legality of the ban.

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Mridul had earlier told the Tribunal it had relied upon several "secret" and "confidential" files while imposing the ban on the SIMI but asserted that it was not under any obligation to divulge the said material.

He claimed that the Government had sufficient material to establish the involvement of the organisation in various communal clashes, bomb blasts and inflammatory material in the form of pamphlets and internal documents to create ill-will between two different communities.

Moreover, he said the Government was seeking to rely upon certain allegations levelled against the organisation that led to the ban on SIMI in 2001 and 2005 to justify the third ban.

He contended that it was the duty of the Government to present before the Tribunal the alleged "secret" and "confidential" material relied upon for imposing the ban.

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