21 Foreign Tablighis Freed by Pune Court; 16 Given Bail by Allahabad High Court

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The foreign nationals were booked for violating visa rules and spreading coronavirus.. — File photo

While giving relief to 13 Bangladeshis and eight Malaysians, judicial magistrate referred to recent judgement of Bombay High Court that quashed cases against 29 foreigners

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NEW DELHI – A judicial magistrate court in Pune, Maharashtra, has ordered release of 28 people, including 21 foreigners, arrested in connection with Tablighi Jamaat ijtema (congregation) in Delhi in March, reports Inquilab. The foreign nationals were booked for violating visa rules and spreading coronavirus.

While setting them free on Tuesday, Judicial Magistrate R.H. Jha referred to the Bombay High Court ruling of August 21 that quashed charges against 29 foreigners and said the 28 men deserved to be free. Among those who got relief from Pune court include 13 Bangladeshis, eight Malaysians, and four Indians who had attended the Tablighi ijtema. Four others released by the court are those who had given shelter to the foreign nationals.

Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh has granted bail to 16 foreign nationals belonging to Tablighi Jamaat. They were arrested in Prayagraj in April after a nation-wide lockdown was announced following coronavirus scare, reports IANS.

Justice S. S. Shamshery passed the order on two separate bail applications.

One bail application was filed by Muhammad Madalee, Hasan Pacho, Sitthipogn Limoolsuk, Surasak Lamoolsuk, Arsen Thomya, Abdul Basir Yeedoromae, Abdunlah Maming, Oapdun Wahab Wimutikan and Romlee Kolae of Thailand. Another bail application was filed by Idrus Umar, Ade Kustina, Samsul Hadi, Imam Safii Sarno, Satijo Joedijono Bedjo, Hendra Simbolon and Dedik Iskandar of Indonesia.

The petitioners’ counsel said that all the Tablighis had valid passports and were in Prayagraj when the lockdown was declared. They did not violate any provision of law, including the Foreigners Act. There was no fault in the visa and passports of the applicants. Further, they had been languishing in jail since April 21, 2020, petitioner’s counsel added.

The court directed the foreign nationals not to influence the prosecution witnesses and appear on the dates fixed by the trial court unless personal appearance is exempted by the trial court.

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