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Supreme Court stays lifting of ban on SIMI

Supreme Court stays lifting of ban on SIMIThe Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a stay on the Special Tribunal order lifting restrictions on the activities of SIMI.

The central government moved the petition challenging the Tribunal’s order delivered yesterday before a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, which issued notice to SIMI and posted the matter for hearing after three weeks. In its plea, the government warned of serious consequences if SIMI was allowed to operate.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said the Tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, in its 263-page order has not expressed anything on the merits of the case even when the government has provided Intelligence Bureau reports pointing towards members of SIMI indulging in terrorist activities.

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