Union Government files fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking to continue ban on SIMI
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  • The Union Government on August 20 filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking to continue the ban on the organization. It cited the involvement of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres in the recent bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on July 26. The court on August 6 had stayed an order passed by the Special Tribunal quashing the government’s notification banning SIMI. The government alleged that despite the ban, the outfit had continued with its activities and managed to keep its network alive clandestinely. It noted that the organisation was revived through its front outfits like the Tahreek-e-Ehyaa-e-Ummat, Tehreek-Talaba-e-Arabia, Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Sha`aire Islam and Wahadat-e-Islami1.

    Elsewhere, on August 20, replying to the debate in the Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Assembly on terrorist activities and the role of SIMI in the recent serial bomb blasts, the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Lalji Verma, stated that no activity of SIMI was witnessed in the state since 2003. Mr. Verma further noted that between 1998 and 2003, 65 cases were registered against SIMI activists in the state2.