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Mumbai Magistrate Court Acquits 20 Foreign Attendees of Tablighi Event

Lawstreet Journal 21 Oct 2020 8:28pm

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A magistrate court in Andheri acquitted 20 foreign participants in a Tablighi Jamaat case in Delhi who were booked by the Mumbai Police for alleged breach of the rules of lockdown, ruling that there is no iota of evidence.

Metropolitan magistrate R.R. Khan said, “The witnesses were not found in a position to tell where and how the accused were residing at the time of the alleged offence. Thus, there is no iota of evidence with the prosecution to show any contravention of order beyond all shadow of a doubt. During the imposition of lockdown, their taking ultimate shelter in a mosque or nearby will not render them responsible for such contravention.”

The court said there is “no legal evidence adduced by the prosecution to show that the accused infringed on the notification lawfully made under the Bombay Police Act.” It also directed them to furnish bonds of 10,000.

At 10 a.m. Informant, SI Durgesh Harishchandra Salunkhe, and his associates visited Tayyaba Masjid in front of the Andheri Metro on 29 March and discovered that ten foreigners from the Kyrgyz Republic had arrived at the mosque after attending the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi. They visited different places and individuals, spreading the infection with COVID-19, the informant said. He alleged that they violated the requirements of a lockout and ignored the City Police Commissioner's orders.

The court said, “From the combined perusal of the evidence of police officials and the prosecution, it is apparent that both of them have deposed that the accused have… Continue Reading...

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