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Call on SIMI cases to be taken on May 3 and 4 in Pune

A three-member Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Tribunal will visit the city to conduct a hearing in connection with the banned Student’s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) related cases

pune Updated: Apr 28, 2019 16:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,three-member,Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Tribunal
The hearing will take place at Savitribai Phule Pune University from 10 am on May 3. (Image used for representational purpose)(HT/PHOTO)

A three-member Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Tribunal will visit the city on May 3 and 4 to conduct a hearing in connection with the banned Student’s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) related cases. They will also ascertain whether there was sufficient cause to extend the ban on SIMI as an unlawful association.

The tribunal presided by Justice Mukta Gupta had issued a general notice informing the citizens at large and the organisation in question to approach it with any material in support of or against the Centre’s decision to extend the ban on SIMI. The Ministry of Home Affairs, had on February 21 issued a notification of setting up the tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The hearing will take place at Savitribai Phule Pune University from 10 am on May 3. The commission has requested that those who want to appear before the tribunal must submit their affidavits before the commission.

The tribunal hearings are being held in states where cases against SIMI have been registered. The February 21 notification constituting the tribunal was issued after the five-year ban on SIMI ended on January 31. The Ministry of Home Affairs in its January 31 notification, had said it was necessary to declare SIMI as an unlawful association with immediate effect.

Activists affiliated to SIMI in Pune stand accused of fomenting communal riots in the city at least a decade ago. The, then, Pune police commissioner Satyapal Singh had called former SIMI activists for questioning and interrogation at the Pune police commissionerate during his tenure.

Mukta Gupta, judge; Pinky Anand, additional solicitor general; and Sachin Datta, special public counsellor, will be visiting Pune, wherein the investigating officers will remain present as witnesses. Manoj Kumar Singh has been appointed as the inquiry officer, central home ministry and Hiranmay Biswas has been appointed as the research officer of the ministry at New Delhi for coordination between Maharashtra and the Union government.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 16:51 IST