The Government of India filed a petition on Monday, Aug 25 seeking an extension of the ban on SIMI against the order of Justice Geeta Mittal of the Delhi High Court who had on August 5 found the evidence produced by the Centre too weak to justify the Union Government notification dated February 8, 2008 extending ban on SIMI for another two years for its involvement in terrorist and anti-national activities.
The SIMI had been banned under Unlawful Activities(prevention) Act. The Centre in its fresh affidavit has also produced evidence against SIMI showing its involvement in July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts. Gujarat, Pune and Rajasthan police have arrested over a dozen SIMI activists for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities.
SIMI was banned for the first time in 2001.