Mumbai court acquits 20 foreign nationals who attended Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin during nationwide lockdown

A Metropolitan Magistrate court in Andheri has acquitted 20 foreigners including 10 Indonesians and 10 from Kyrgyzstan who were booked under Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act for not disclosing that they had attended a religious gathering of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in New Delhi.
The accused persons were charged by the DN Nagar police on April 5 in two separate cases, for offences under Sections 188, 269 and 270 of the IPC along with sections of the Foreigners Act, the Epidemic Diseases Act, and the Disaster Management Act.
Advocate AN Shaikh appeared on behalf of the accused and argued that there is no witness who saw the accused persons together in the form of assembly neither the accused contravene any directions or order issued by the authority.
The prosecution on the other side contradicted that the informant along with his associates had informed the police that the accused visited various places and persons and spread the Corona infection, violating the prohibitory orders of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Infringement of Section 37 of Bombay Police Act is based upon publicly promulgation of orders. It is transparent that the order in question was not promulgated to accused persons individually”.
It was directed by the Court while acquitting the accused that they will furnish fresh bonds of Rs. 10,000 each and their previous bail bonds will be cancelled.

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