BJP demands HM's scalp for ''deliberate inaction'' against SIMI

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New Delhi, Aug 6 (UNI) Alleging failure on the part of the Centre to place all evidence and facts regarding the secessionist and anti-India activities of SIMI before the Tribunal of the Delhi High Court leading to the lifting of the ban of the organisation, the BJP today demanded immediate sacking of 'delinquent' Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

The party alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the beneficiary of this act of suspicion to let off SIMI which is is guided by Taliban movement with links with international terrorist organisations like Al Qaeda.

The Prime Minister should also explain to the nation if this was part of the deal he had entered into with Samajwadi Party in return for their support in the 'tainted' confidence vote on July 22, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

The organisation did not believe in secularism, democracy and nationalism, the key elements for sustaining the nationhood but still the government did not appear to place all the evidence and records which was in the public domain before the Tribunal of the Delhi High Court forcing it to lift the ban on the anti-India organisation, Mr Rudy alleged.

He said SIMI was an organisation which believed in establishing land for Islam around the globe and had pronounced links with anti-India organisations like ISI, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, HUJI-Bangladesh. It was banned thrice since 2001 and yet the Home Ministry under Mr Patil failed to get the ban extended in the Tribunal. Thankfully, the Apex Court had stayed the Tribunal order, he said.

He also sought to know if Mr Patil was in slumber when the Tribunal had sought more evidence to continue the ban and the Home Ministry did not even place the records of SIMI involvement in the serial blasts in Malegaon, Mumbai trains, Hyderabad Lumbini park and not to speak of the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

He further alleged that the government's bias for SIMI is evident by the fact that Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal had opposed the ban on SIMI in Uttar Pradesh when BJP president Rajnath Singh was the Chief Minister. The government has chosen not to place any new evidence against SIMI after 2001, he charged.

He said the Centre had chosen to ignore the terror inputs against SIMI provided by states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Assam. They had all provided the evidence of SIMI involvement in transportation of gelatin sticks, fake currency, arms, shelter to militants, timer device explosion, inciting terrorist movement and printing of anti-India literature.

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