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Haven’t arrested anyone in case against Tablighi Jamaat members: Delhi Police to HC

The Delhi High Court had sought response of Delhi Police and the AAP government on a plea seeking the release of 916 foreign nationals, who participated in the event and are being held in institutional quarantine since March 30 despite having tested negative for Covid-19.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2020 5:07:48 pm
Tablighi Jamaat, Tablighi Jamaat event, Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin, Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin event, Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus, India news, Indian Express In April, COVID-19 cases in Delhi spiked after hundreds of Tablighi Jamaat members, who had attended the congregation, tested positive.

The Delhi Police Tuesday told the High Court that it has neither arrested or detained anyone in connection with the case lodged against members of the Tablighi Jamaat for participating in the religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in March.

The Delhi High Court had sought response of Delhi Police and the AAP government on a plea seeking the release of 916 foreign nationals, who participated in the event and are being held in institutional quarantine since March 30 despite having tested negative for Covid-19, news agency PTI reported.

During a hearing conducted via video conferencing, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar were also informed that more than 900 foreign Tablighi Jamaat attendees, including the petitioners, have joined the investigation of the case and were served notices under the CrPC.

Meanwhile, Delhi government standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra and advocate Chaitanya Gosain told the court that the investigation is being conducted on a day-to-day basis and the police will file a charge sheet in the case before the concerned trial court within a week.

On the other hand, appearing on behalf of the petitioners, senior advocate Rebecca John and lawyer Ashima Mandla requested the court that all foreign nationals who have tested negative for the virus be released from institutional quarantine to different accommodations, keeping the required necessities of social distancing in mind.

The counsel said they will submit places of alternate accommodation during the day and the costs and expenditure of the alternate accommodation will be borne by the community.

In April, COVID-19 cases in the national capital had spiked after several Tablighi Jamaat members, who had attended a large congregation in Nizamuddin, had tested positive.

They were then taken out by the authorities and lodged in different quarantine centres in Delhi. Some of them were sent to the centres a few days later after being detained from various mosques.

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