//Supreme Court dismisses SIMI plea against ban

Supreme Court dismisses SIMI plea against ban

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS)

The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed as withdrawn a petition filed by the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) seeking a direction to lift a five-year-old ban imposed on it by the central government.

A bench of judges Arijit Pasayat and Lokeshwar Singh Panta observed that since a tribunal was already looking into the matter, it would not like to interfere.

When the bench indicated that it would dismiss the petition, the counsel for the petitioner said he would withdraw the petition and it was dismissed as withdrawn.

The petitioner had challenged the ban order on the ground that no reasons were given to proscribe SIMI and the organisation had not been found indulging in any terrorist or antinational activities.