HT Correspondent, Lucknow, May 22
THE STATE Government today said that it did not support a ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
“The SIMI has no activities in UP. The Government has nothing to support the ban on SIMI,” a spokesperson for the State Home Department said here.
So is the State Government working at cross-purposes with the Centre is the obvious question being asked here.
The spokesperson’s assertions have come after the Central Government’s notification banning the SIMI under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. His assertions have come a day after the DGP office issued a press release publicising Centre’s notification constituting the tribunal headed by Justice BN Chaturvedi of Delhi High Court to hear objections against the SIMI ban.
The spokesperson said the State Government had made its opinion known to the Centre on the issue on June 21, 2005. The Centre has banned the SIMI despite reservations of the State Government, he said. He, however, clarified that the ban has automatically come into force all over the country including Uttar Pradesh.
On whether the State Government would allow activities of the SIMI in UP, the spokesperson said it was a hypothetical question.
Centre issues notice to SIMI, ban in pipeline
Monday, May 22, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK
LUCKNOW: Students' Islamic Movement of India (Simi) would soon be banned as the Centre has issued a show cause notice to the organisation seeking justification if any on why the ban must not be imposed.
The show cause notice was communicated to the director general of police headquarters here on Sunday.
The process to initiate a ban has reached its final stages as the office of registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, situated at Delhi High Court building, issued a show case on anyone who wishes to plead the case.
The notice stated that the government of India has initiated the proceedings as per the notification dated February 6, 2006 published in the Gazette of India.
A tribunal was formed to decipher if the ban against the organisation was justified under the light of the reasons stated in the communication seeking the ban.
As a part of the process of deciphering, the Tribunal served a show cause seeking an explanation as to why the ban should not be imposed.
After the conclusion of the notice period of 30 days, the final proceedings for announcing the ban will come into being. On Sunday, the notice was released by the DGP