New Delhi: The Supreme Court on 25 August extended the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for six more weeks.
The order was passed by a bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan while hearing a petition filed by the Union government challenging an order passed by a Special Tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act that lifted a ban on SIMI and its activities.
Justice Geeta Mittal had passed the tribunal order on 6 August.
Pursuant to this order, the Union government had approached the apex court, which had ordered a stay on the tribunal ruling on 6 August itself and barred SIMI activities for a period of three weeks till it took up the matter on 25 August.
To substantiate its case against SIMI, the Centre filed an affidavit before the apex court on 20 August and listed around 350 cases registered against the outfit and its members in various states such as Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka along with depositions of certain witnesses stating SIMI had connections with international terrorist groups.
The bench set 24 September as the next date to hear the issue.