A special tribunal has upheld the ban imposed by the Home Ministry on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Tribunal’s head Justice V. K. Shali of the Delhi High Court has submitted the report to the Ministry, confirming the ban on SIMI that has links with Pakistan-based terror outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front, the Indian Mujahideen.

The order came after the Ministry, on February 3, 2012, extended the ban by two more years under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. As per provisions of the said Act, the tribunal was constituted to adjudicate whether there is sufficient cause for declaring SIMI unlawful.

The Ministry declared SIMI an outlawed organisation on September 27, 2001, after it was found to have close links with the LeT and charged with carrying out terror strikes along with Indian Mujahideen.

SIMI had challenged the move in various courts and also before the Special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act tribunals, but the ban was upheld.

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