Surat court acquits 122 persons accused of being SIMI members

Surat court acquits 122 persons accused of being SIMI members

Surat, Mar 6 (PTI) A court in Gujarat”s Surat on
Saturday acquitted 122 persons arrested under Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act for participating in a meeting
organised here in December 2001 as members of the banned
outfit Students” Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate A N Dave
acquitted 122 persons arrested for being members of the banned
outfit SIMI, giving them the benefit of doubt.

Five other accused had died during the pendency of

In its order, the court said that the prosecution
failed to produce “cogent, reliable and satisfactory” evidence
to establish that the accused persons belonged to the SIMI and
had gathered to promote the activities of the banned outfit.

The court said the accused persons cannot be held
guilty under the UAPA.

As many as 127 persons were arrested by Surat”s
Athwalines police on December 28, 2001 under various sections
of the UAPA for allegedly being members of the banned outfit
SIMI and organising a meeting at a hall in city”s Sagrampura
to promote and expand the organisation”s activities.

The central government had through its notification
dated September 27, 2001 banned SIMI.

The accused belonged to different parts of Gujarat as
well as from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya
Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

In their defence, they said they did not belong to the
SIMI and had gathered there to participate in a seminar
organised under the banner of All India Minority Education

They said they were in the city for religious and
educational purposes to take part in a seminar in a peaceful
manner. PTI COR KA

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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