Furnish details of possession of Delhi office, HC tells SIMI
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 18:48
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 building.

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".


First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 18:48

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