The Patna excessive courtroom has quashed the legal prosecution in opposition to 18 overseas nationals related to Tablighi congregation. It its determination on Tuesday, the courtroom cited absence of any materials that would prima facie counsel that these folks had been concerned in non secular work.
The order got here on a petition filed by 11 overseas nationals who got here to West Bengal from Bangladesh by highway on vacationer visa. The petitioners mentioned that they visited the ‘Nizamuddin Markaz’ in Delhi earlier than the Tablighi occasion, reached Araria in Bihar on March 11 and had been residing in ‘Rawahi markaz’ since March 15. Then, a nationwide lockdown was introduced on March 24 for 21 days, leaving them stranded, the petitioners mentioned.
Additional, the native administration put them in quarantine publish screening. Later, an area claimed that these foreigners had been concerned within the unfold of non secular ideologies, and didn’t report their keep to the native administration which led to the registering of an FIR, the courtroom was instructed.
The bench of Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad in its remark mentioned that the federal government of India is conscious of the truth that the overseas nationals from a few of the international locations in course of their keep in India are being accommodated in mosque or markaz.
The courtroom additional mentioned that the allegations on this case of not reporting their keep to the native police station is “misconceived”.
The courtroom concluded by saying, “as far as the overseas nationals (petitioner nos. 1 to 9 of Cr.W.J.C. No. 367 of 2020 and petitioner nos. 2 to 10 of Cr.W.J.C. No. 369 of 20200) are involved, their prosecution for the offences alleged underneath Part 14 and 14-C of the Act of 1946 has no foundation to proceed.”