Delhi court allows foreign Jamaat attendees to walk free

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NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday allowed foreign nationals from 14 countries including the UK, Algeria, Belgium, and others, who have accepted mild charges in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin, to walk free.

Metropolitan Magistrate Himanshu allowed plea bargaining application of several foreign nationals from Algeria, Belgium, UK, Egypt, and the Philippines asking them to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 each.

However, a few Jordan nationals have decided to go to trial to face the charges levelled against them by the Delhi Police in connection with the congregation, which had become an epicentre of coronavirus spread across the country.

Foreign nationals from Algeria, Jordan, UK, and Philippines were represented by advocates Ashima Mandla, while nationals from Egypt and Belgium were represented by advocates Ahmed Khan and Fahim Khan.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashish Gupta, another judge hearing the Jamaat cases, slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 each against five Sudanese nationals while accepting their plea bargaining application. Two Sudanese nationals, however, claimed trial.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Magistrate Paras Dalal also asked Chinese, Moroccan, Ukrainian, Ethiopian nationals to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each while accepting their plea bargaining application. A Russian national also claimed trial.

The court on July 6, said that there was prima facie sufficient material on record to proceed against the accused persons under Section14 (b) Foreigners Act, 1946, under provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Disaster Management Act, and the Indian Penal Code.