India lifts ban on Students' Islamic Movement

A tribunal of the Delhi High Court turned down a government request to extend the ban by another two years, saying there was no evidence to show SIMI was unlawful.

India lifts ban on Students' Islamic Movement
An Indian court on Tuesday lifted a ban on a Muslim group, saying there was no evidence to brand it an unlawful organisation.

A tribunal of the Delhi High Court turned down a government request to extend the ban by another two years, saying there was no evidence to show SIMI was unlawful.

The ban, extended three times since 2001, was appealled by SIMI this year.

India accused the Students' Islamic Movement of India of some bombings.

"The government had nothing in support of its claim," Trideep Pais, SIMI's lawyer, said. "They had nothing to prove SIMI was unlawful or dangerous."

A Home Ministry official said the court had rejected its appeal to extend the ban on "technical grounds".

SIMI started in 1977 as an offshoot of Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind, a religious and social organisation of Muslims with a strong network of members and scholars across India.

The Home Ministry official said the government would challenge the lifting of the ban in a higher court.

Reuters
Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2008, 16:52
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