Haryana Court Allows 58 Foreign Tablighis To Return To Their Countries
Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, JULY 13—Dismissing the Haryana government appeal against the judgment of lower court, the Nuh Sessions Court has allowed 58 foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists, including a few women, to leave for their respective countries after depositing a fine of Rs 1000 each.
Senior advocate Shaukat Ali, who represented the foreign Tablighi activists in the court, said that the Haryana police had registered a case on April 2 against 58 foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists and an Indian for not informing the local administration about their presence in Nuh district during the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
There were two delegations of Tablighi Jamaat in Nuh – one was of men while the other was of women. They were in separate groups.
Shaukat said that Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nuh district court, in his historical judgment on May 23 had freed all the accused free of all charges levelled by the Haryana Police and had allowed them to leave for their respective countries – Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal - after depositing a fine of Rs 1000 each.
The advocate said that following the court direction, the foreigners had deposited the fine of Rs 1000.
But the police filed an application under section 188 IPC (disobedience to order promulgated by public servant) in the Session Court, challenging the judgment of Chief Judicial Magistrate. But Additional Sessions Judge, Prashant Rana, dismissed the application on July 6 saying that the charges levelled by the police are baseless.
This is the second judgment when the court allowed the foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists to leave for their native countries. The first order was announced by two different courts in Delhi in second week of July allowing as many as 133 foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists to fly back to their countries.
With the Haryana court order, a total of 191 foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists have now been allowed to return to their countries.