Delhi Police files 20 charge sheets against 82 foreign attendees of Jamaat event

“These foreign nationals had entered India on tourist visas and participated in the Markaz illegally. In addition to violating the provisions of visas, these foreign nationals also led to a situation where a highly infectious disease such as Covid-19 infection spread and threatened the lives of the inmates and the general public at large,”

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday filed 20 charge sheets in the Saket court here against 82 foreign nationals of 20 different countries in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat case.

Duty Metropolitan Magistrate Saema Jamil is slated to take cognisance of the charge sheets on June 12.

The case pertains to a congregation at Banglewali Masjid in Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin on March 13, in which a large number of foreign nationals had participated.

“These foreign nationals had entered India on tourist visas and participated in the Markaz illegally. In addition to violating the provisions of visas, these foreign nationals also led to a situation where a highly infectious disease such as Covid-19 infection spread and threatened the lives of the inmates and the general public at large,” the Crime Branch said.

The case in this regard was registered on March 31. More than 900 foreign nationals who are accused in this case belong to 34 different countries.

The 82 foreign nationals against whom the charge sheets have been filed belong to Afghanistan, Brazil, China, the US, Ukraine, Australia, Egypt, Russia, Algeria, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, France, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, UK, Fiji, Sudan and the Philippines.

The charge sheets have been filed under the Indian Penal Code’s Sections 188 (disobedience of order by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease) and 271 (disobedience to quarantine rules).

Besides this, they have been charged under Section 14 (b) of Foreigners Act, 1946, Section 3 of The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

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