Bombay HC cancels FIRs against foreign Tablighis, says they have become ‘scapegoats’
Cancellation of FIRs against 29 foreign nationals who were accused of attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi without permission amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Aurangabad Bench of the Mumbai High Court said action against them was taken to make them scapegoats during a pandemic.
“There was a lot of propaganda in the print and electronic media against foreigners who came to Markaz Delhi and an attempt was made to create an image of which these foreigners were responsible spread of the covid-19 virus in India. There were practically persecutions against these foreigners ”.Criticizing the media for their propaganda on the Tablighis, Justice TV Nalawade said
“This action indirectly warned Indian Muslims that action can be taken in any form and for anything against Muslims. It has been indicated that even to maintain contact with Muslims in other countries, action will be taken against them. Thus, the measures taken against these foreigners and Muslims for their alleged activities smack of malice. Circumstances such as malicious intent are an important consideration when seeking redress from F.I.R. and the case itself “.Before rescinding the FIRs, Judge Nalawade noted
“The account of this case and the observations made show that the central government’s action was taken mainly against Muslims who came to Markaz Delhi for Tabligh Jamaat. Similar measures have not been taken against other foreigners belonging to other religions. “The 58-page judgment read
- When the state requested a stay of enforcement of the order, arguing that the appeal was preferred, the court replied that it was not a “stay.”
- The Tablighi Jamaat made headlines in March after authorities said a congregation at its headquarters in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area was responsible for an increase in Covid-19 infections.
Center calls on states not to impose restrictions on interstate movement of people and goods
The Center called on all states to ensure that there are no restrictions on interstate and intra-state movement status of people and goods during the current unlocking process.
- In a communication to the chief secretaries of all states and Union territories, Union Secretary of the Interior Ajay Bhalla said there was information that various districts and states were imposing restrictions movement at the local level.
- Calling attention to the Unlocking 3 guidelines, Bhalla said these restrictions create problems in the interstate flow of goods and services and affect supply chains, leading to disruption of economic activity and employment.
- The unlock guidelines make it clear that there will be no restrictions on the interstate and intra-state movement of people and goods, he said in the letter.
- The Home Secretary said the restrictions violated guidelines issued by the Home Office under the provisions of the 2005 Disaster Management Act.
Pakistan includes Dawood, Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi on terrorist list
After decades of denial, Pakistan added names of Dawood Ibrahim, as well as chief of operations of 11/26 LeT , Zaki -ur-Rahman Lakhvi, and some Taliban leaders to their own terrorist list and declared an asset freeze and a travel ban as designated by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
- LeT leader Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar are also on the list of 88 names.
- This is the first time that the mastermind behind the explosions in Mumbai has been recognized as a terrorist by Pakistan, despite being on the UNSC list.
- The move is part of Pakistan’s commitment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which continues to review the country’s actions.
In a statement, the publisher said: “Bloomsbury India had planned to publish Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story in September, a book that allegedly gives a factual report on the riots in Delhi in February 2020, based on surveys and interviews conducted by the authors. However, in view of very recent events, including a virtual prepublication launch organized without our knowledge by the authors, with the participation of parties that the publishers would not have approved, we have decided to withdraw the publication of the book.
“True to its commitment to exponentially increase daily testing for Covid-19, India has taken a significant step by analyzing over 10 lakhs of samples in one day, bringing cumulative testing to over 3.4 million”said the Union Ministry of Health.
- “As a testament to the determined, focused, consistent and coordinated efforts of the Center and the state and UT governments, India conducted 1 million tests in 24 hours.
- With 10,23,836 tests conducted on Friday, India reached its resolution of analyzing 10 lakhs of samples per day, ”the ministry said, adding that an improved network of diagnostic laboratories had also led to this achievement.
- Currently, the country has a network of 1,511 laboratories, of which 983 are from the public sector and 528 are private laboratories.
- The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 30,26,847 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 56,642.
A suspected ISIS operative, arrested after a brief exchange of gunfire, had planned terror attacks in high-traffic areas of the country’s capital, Delhi police officials said on Saturday. Two improvised explosive devices (improvised explosive devices) were recovered from Mohammad Mustakeem Khan, alias Abu Yusuf, a resident of Balarampur in Uttar Pradesh. He was arrested Friday night. Khan had planned a terror attack in the country’s capital on August 15, but was unable to do so due to heavy security measures, said P S Kushwah, DCP (Special Cell).