Ban on SIMI is needed to bring Muslims in mainstream: Centre
The Centre today justified its decision before a Tribunal to extend the ban on SIMI saying such an action is needed to bring the Muslim community to the national mainstream by checking its "disgrunted" elements.
New Delhi: The Centre today justified its
decision before a Tribunal to extend the ban on Students
Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) saying such an action is
needed to bring the Muslim community to the national
mainstream by checking its "disgrunted" elements.
"There has been substantial increase in Muslim population
and also in (their) getting opportunity in various public
sectors but because of some disgruntled elements are
propagating, spreading rumours of government discriminating
against them. Hence, this ban is justified to bring Muslim in
the mainstream," Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhiok.
The ASG made the submission before a Tribunal, headed
by a Delhi High Court judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna, which is
hearing on the legality of Centre`s decision to extend the ban
for the fifth time.
The Centre contended that there has been sufficient
evidence to prove that SIMI has been operating in the country
despite being banned in 2001.
The government had on February 5 had extended the ban on
SIMI, the fifth since 2001, by two years from February
seven under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
SIMI was outlawed for the first time in September 2001
for its involvement in terrorist acts and the ban was extended
in 2003 and 2006.
The last ban on SIMI, formed in April 1977 as a youth
wing of terror outfit Jamaat Islami-e-Hind, was extended for
two years on February 8, 2008.
In its notification, the Home Ministry had declared
SIMI as an "unlawful association indulging in activities
prejudicial to the security of the country" and with
"potential of disturbing peace and communal harmony and
disrupting the secular fabric of the country".
The group is alleged to have close links with
Pakistan-based terror outfits, particularly Lashkar-e-Taiba
and Jaish- e-Mohammad.