The Kerala government today told the high court that the Popular Front of India is the 'resurrection' of banned SIMI in another form and along with National Democratic Front, had "active involvement" in 27 murder cases, mostly of cadres of CPI-M and
The submission was made in a counter affidavit filed by senior government pleader C S Manilal on a petition by the PFI seeking permission to conduct 'Freedom Parades' in various districts on August 15.
Most former leaders of SIMI were either identified with this organization (PFI) or were at present holding various portfolios in the new organization "which itself demonstrates that the organization is a 'resurrection of SIMI' in another form", the statement said. It noted that SIMI was the original organization, which was one of the major communal outfits noticed by government and banned.
PFI's national chairman Abdul Rehman was the former national secretary of SIMI while the state secretary, Abdul Hameed Master was SIMI's former state secretary.
"... The prayer of the petitioner seems to be innocent and innocuous, but there is a grave danger in considering the request from the standpoint of sovereignty and security of the country," it was submitted.
The objectives of NDF and PFI were similar. However, NDF felt that if it were to remain confined to
Kerala, it would be branded as any other communal organization and to spread its activities to other states, PFI was formed on December 19, 2006 at a meeting of
NDF, Manitha Neethi Passrai (MNP- Tamil Nadu) and Forum for Dignity of Karnataka, held at
Though PFI had claimed that it was formed to safeguard human rights and protection of minority, they were "clandestinely engaged in wholetime criminal activities with the object to defend Islam", it was submitted.