A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted 36 foreigners who were accused of attending a congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi, reportedly neglecting and violating the government guidelines published after the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg acquitted the foreigners from 14 countries of all charges.
The court on August 24 made charges against the foreigners under sections 188 (violation of an order duly promulgated by a civil servant), 269 (reckless act likely to spread infection of a life-threatening disease) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 (violation of regulation) of Epidemic Law, 1897.
The allegations were also framed in accordance with the Disaster Management Act of 2005 (obstruction).
However, they were fired for the offenses under section 14 (1) (b) (violation of visa standards) of the Aliens Act, sections 270 (Malignant act likely to spread infection of a life-threatening disease) and 271 (Violation of quarantine rule) of IPC.
The court also acquitted eight foreign nationals from six countries of all charges under which they were charged in the absence of any record or any credible material against them.
The foreigners were accused of attending a congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at the Nizamuddin region allegedly in violation of visa standards, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines issued after the outbreak of COVID-19.
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