The central government can ban the Popular Front of India like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The Union Home Ministry can bring this organization under the purview of the ban with the help of what has come out in the raids of NIA and allied agencies in a dozen states on Thursday. Concrete evidence has been gathered by NIA against PFI. This matter is so serious that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had to hold a meeting with officials of various agencies including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the NIA Chief during NIA raids.
advice from legal experts
Reliable sources say that on the basis of the reports of various investigative agencies, the Union Home Ministry has made all preparations to ban PFI. Legal experts are being consulted regarding the evidence of the investigating agencies. This is being done so that later when the PFI office-bearer's approach the court, they do not get any relief on the basis of any weak point of the government. In 2008, the central government had to lift the ban imposed on SIMI on the basis of special jurisdiction. However, after some time through the Supreme Court, the said organization again came under the purview of the ban.
The important points collected by the Union Home Ministry against the PFI on the basis of the reports of the investigating agencies have led to serious allegations against this organization. These charges mainly include conspiracy to sabotage the country, promoting terrorist activities, damaging the integrity, attempting to convert India into an Islamic state, misguiding the youth and taking them on the path of sedition, and non-government taking help from foreign countries. Promoting legal activities, endangering the security of the nation by creating communal disharmony, etc.
Now all kinds of information have been gathered in the case of PFI. All the charge sheets filed in the PFI case by the investigating agencies in the court have also been made the basis. The alleged links of the PFI with the terrorist organizations that are spreading in the country have also found a place in the files. If this organization is banned, then the foreign financial aid it receives may be stopped. This will help in eliminating the illegal activities going on in the country through the said organization.
SIMI was banned for the first time in 2001
SIMI was also a similar organization. Initially, the same claim was made by it, which PFI is making today. That is, he was calling himself a social organization. SIMI was established in April 1977 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Later it emerged that the purpose of this organization was to convert India into an Islamic state. The officials of the organization used to say that India's independence is yet to come. When the sabotage activities of this organization started increasing, SIMI was declared an illegal organization for the first time in 2001. After that this organization has been banned several times. In February 2014, the then UPA government banned the organization for five years.
In 2019, the NDA government also upheld this restriction. This step was taken because SIMI was involved in many terrorist incidents in the country. The notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said that if this organization is not banned now, SIMI will continue its subversive activities. This will harm the secular structure. It was alleged that this organization is working to damage the integrity and security of the country by creating communal disharmony. The Home Ministry had then listed 58 cases involving SIMI. The central government was involved in the Gaya blasts in Bihar in 2017, the blasts at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in 2014, and the Bhopal jailbreak in 2014.
Attempts to associate with big terrorist organizations
At that time the investigating agencies were quoted as saying that SIMI was expanding its reach to terrorist organizations. Big terrorist organizations started joining SIMI. In the investigation, SIMI was said to be very close to the terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen. In 2012, the Kerala government called PFI another form of SIMI. It is a different matter that after that most of the activities of PFI were seen in Kerala itself. The Kerala High Court in one of its remarks had described this organization as a terrorist group. The Jharkhand government had also banned PFI. Later the Jharkhand High Court ordered the lifting of the ban. The name PFI came to the fore in illegal mining in Santhal Parganas. In 2018, the Enforcement Directorate registered an FIR against PFI and SDPI. The money laundering case is still under investigation. Earlier also there was an attempt to ban PFI, but due to a lack of concrete evidence, the step was withdrawn. This time the investigation agencies are claiming to have solid evidence against the PFI.