New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought
to know from the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) how
the outfit obtained possession of its New Delhi office
Granting three weeks time to file a detailed affidavit in
this regard, Justice S Muralidhar fixed February 25 to hear a
petition filed by SIMI seeking the court`s direction for
re-possession of the property House number 151-C at Gali 9 in
Zakir Nagar, where its Delhi office is located.
In an affidavit, Director (Ministry of Home Affairs)
stated that municipal records showed the house belonged to one
Habibullah Siddiqui, and so, neither SIMI nor its president
Shahid Badar Falahi had any claim on the building.
In its last hearing, the court had directed SIMI to
disclose the details of its possession of the house.
Following the Central government ban on the organisation
in 2001 for alleged involvement in terrorist activities, its
president Falahi was arrested under the Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act and since then the office has been locked.
However, a Delhi High Court Tribunal lifted the ban on
the organisation in August 2008.
Filing a petition, SIMI activists said, "The house is in
an utter state of neglect with no guard to restrict
unauthorised admission and prevent trespassing".