The Supreme Court asked the Central government to assist 36 foreigners in going back to their countries after they were exonerated of all charges of violating Covid-19-related by participating in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.
On 15th December, the Delhi trial court had dropped all charges against the 36 foreigners, citing lack of incriminating evidence as prosecution failed to prove the presence of these accused in the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat between March 12 and April 1, when the alleged violations took place.
Senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy, appearing on behalf of 36 foreigners from 14 nations, submitted their pleas and pointed out that the applicants were grateful to the top court for expediting their trial before a subordinate court.
A bench of Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari, led by Justice AM Khanwilkar, took note of these applications and asked a government-appointed nodal officer to facilitate their return in accordance with law.
The court further added that the direction to the nodal officer was independent of any decision to be taken by Delhi Police to challenge the acquittal.
Additionally, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, assured the bench that in case any of these foreigners found any difficulty in travelling, their lawyers could approach his office for assistance.