NEW DELHI – Opposing the detention of Tablighi preachers for more than quarantine period, a plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court to seek directions for the release of around 3,300 members of the Tablighi Jamaat who were sent to various quarantine centres after the Markaaz fiasco in March and have not been released yet.
The petition filed by one Sabha Quadri through advocate Shahid Ali sought the court’s directions to the Centre, Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor on the guideline pertaining to 14-day quarantine of suspected coronavirus patients and to constitute a high-level committee to enquire as to whether continuous confinement of people is violative of the Indian Constitution.
The matter is likely to come up for hearing on Friday.
“A total of 3,288 people from the Tablighi Jamaat have been put in different quarantine centres. Till date, none has been released from there, despite the fact that they are not in any manner infected and in case of many members, three consecutive test reports have come negative,” the plea said.
Talighi Jamaat preachers have been kept in detention for more than double quarantine periods in some states. They have been held hostage despite they tested negative for COVID-19. In UP’s Agra, 60 Jamaat preachers are being held hostage for 42 days despite they have tested negative for two times. Many of them are ill and they don’t get proper food and medicine at the quarantine center.
(With inputs from IANS)