Transfer of Case of Tablighi Jamaat Leader to NIA: Delhi HC Dismisses Plea

The Division Bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh, dismissed a plea seeking the transfer of investigation of a case against Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad, from the Delhi Police to the National Investigation Authority. However, the petitioner has been granted liberty to press the petition seeking similar relief instituted by him before the Supreme Court.

The petition also refers to a report by India Today which allegedly reveals terror links of Tablighi Jamaat followers and terror attacks in Europe, Central Asia and Pakistan. Earlier, an FIR was also registered against the Chief of Tablighi Jamaat and others in connection with the congregation held at Markaz Tablighi Jamaat in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital, which had reportedly become an epicentre for the spread of coronavirus.

The petition filed by Ghanshyam Upadhyay
stated that the effects of the crime spanned across India, therefore an investigating agency with powers to probe swiftly across the country should handle the case. It had sought the invocation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and entrusting of investigation to National Investigating Agency.

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