12 Tablighi Jamaat people acquitted of charges India News


Bareilly: The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bareilly has now acquitted 12 members of Tabligi Jamaat of all charges.
Fifteen months back, he was booked for ‘negligence’ and ‘disobedience’ of COVID norms.
Among those acquitted are nine Thai nationals, their two translators and a caretaker of the mosque in Shahjahanpur, where they were staying after attending the Jamaat congregation in Delhi.
Thai citizens have been allowed to return to their homes. Milan Gupta, counsel for the Jamaat members, said that the order was passed orally on Saturday. A copy of the judgment is not given immediately upon acquittal. We have applied for it and it should be available after the court opens on Tuesday.
In early March last year, thousands of people had gathered at the Nizamuddin Markaz (centre) of the Tablighi Jamaat.
The Home Ministry put the figure of members and primary contacts at 9,000.
The Center later said that 2,300 foreign nationals had participated in the event. The congregation ended by March 15, 2020, after which the Center announced a lockdown.
Foreign nationals could not leave the country and stay there. Nine of them were Thai nationals, who went to Shahjahanpur and stayed in a mosque with their two translators, Hussain Ahmed and Abdul Sardar MS (both from Tamil Nadu).
He, along with Masiullah, the caretaker of the mosque, were arrested on 1 April.
Thai citizens and their Indian friends under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of dangerous disease), 270 (probability of spreading infection of dangerous disease), 271 allegations were made. (Disobedience to Quarantine Rule) of the IPC and Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act (disobedience to rules made under the Act).
Thai nationals were also booked separately under section 14 of the Foreigners Act (violation of visa rules).
While he was in jail, his case went to the Allahabad High Court, which granted him bail in November. Although the charges were not dropped, the passports of nine Thai nationals were with the police and they could not leave the country and continued to live in the mosque.

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