Tablighi Jamaat: Any bar on people staying in temple, mosque, or gurudwara? Delhi High Court asks Police2 min read

BY- SARASWATI OJHA

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Delhi Police as to which notification or order was violated by the people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat during their stay at Nizamuddin Markaz (Majid Mian and others vs State of Delhi et al.). Justice Mukta Gupta asked the question while hearing a batch of petitions filed by Tablighi Jamaat attendees who were booked during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The court asked “When the lockdown was imposed no one could go out of the house. At that time there was no question of changing the place… In the light of these facts, tell me where the violation has taken place.” Present Advocate Ashima Mandla, appearing for the petitioners, also told the court that the FIR states that these people were living there only, but did not say that there was any religious congregation.
There are allegations that I am negligent and spreading disease, but for that, there should be an allegation that I am COVID positive when there is no such fact, then how does the disease spread?” Mandala presented.
He pointed to three strange FIRs accusing private persons of possessing only Tablighi Jamaat members.
According to the Jamaat, women are not allowed to stay in the Markaz, so women from abroad also come and stay in private homes. Now even the owners of private houses have been accused. The court was also told that though a status report was sought from the police about five months back, the same is yet to be filed.
Justice Gupta has now given the police a last opportunity to file a report in each case and listed the matter for further hearing on December 6.

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