A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted 36 foreigners who were charged with attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi on suspicion of negligence and disobeying government guidelines following the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg acquitted foreigners in 14 countries of all charges.
On August 24, the court filed charges against aliens under sections 188 (disobedience to the order duly promulgated by the civil servant), 269 (negligent act that may spread the infection of life-threatening disease) of the Indian Criminal Code and Section 3 (non-compliance ) of the Epidemic Law, 1897.
The allegations were also framed in accordance with Article 51 (Obstruction) Disaster Management Act, 2005.
However, they were released for the offenses set out in section 14 (1) (b) (violation of visa rules) of the Aliens Act, sections 270 (the malignant act that can spread the infection of the life-threatening disease) and 271 (disobedience to the rule of quarantine) of the CPI.
The Court also acquitted eight foreign nationals from six countries of all charges against them in the absence of any record or credible material against them.
The foreigners were accused of participating in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizamuddin area, allegedly violating visa rules, engaging in illegal missionary activities and violating government lines issued following the COVID-19 outbreak.
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