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12 Indonesian Nationals who were Part of the Tablighi Jamaat absolved of all Charges by the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate of Mumbai

Lawstreet Journal 14 Oct 2020 1:14am

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12 Indonesian nationals, accused of not disclosing that they had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi in March, were discharged bythe Court of Metropolitan Magistrate of Mumbai on Wednesday(29th September 2020). The Nizamuddin event in the national capital was later discovered to be a coronavirus hotspot, and its participants were rounded up by the police in different states.

The plea of discharge was filed by the lawyer Ishrat Khan before the metropolitan magistrate's court, arguing that "the present applicants were requested to be accused only on the ground that they are foreigners and were present during the lockdown notice due to the outbreak of Covid-19."

Under IPC sections 188(Disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant),269 (Negligent act likely to spread life-threatening disease infection), and the Infectious Diseases Act, the police had booked them for failing to notify local authorities about their arrival. According to the police, on February 29 and March 3, the Indonesians arrived in India in two batches, heading for the congregation in Delhi after which they came to Mumbai and stayed in a flat in suburban Bandra and roamed around.

The Court also found that the Police seized the Visa of all the accused by preparing the panchnama; the panchnama revealed that at the time of registration of offence, the VISAs of all accused were valid and they came to India on Tourist Visa.

While perusing the Charge sheet filed by the Investigation Officer, the Court took into account the fact that firstly, the offense was registered… Continue Reading...

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