The Tablighi Jamaat event, which was falsely blamed by the government, has been condemned and criticized by the High Court. “Social and religious tolerance is a practical necessity for unity and integrity of India and it is made compulsory by the Indian Constitution,” The court ruled out.
The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, bashed the government for making a “scapegoat” of the foreign nationals who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin, Delhi. The HC declared that the foreigners were “virtually” persecuted and blamed for spreading Coronavirus as part of the propaganda. The High Court also dropped the cases filed against the 29 Foreigners.
“A political government tries to find a scapegoat when there is a pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is a probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them a scapegoat,” the court said in its verdict. The court also bashed the electronic and physical news outlets for participating and propagating the unjust propaganda even further.
The 29 foreigners were booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act and Foreigner’s Act under many clauses and stipulations. They were also booked for reportedly violating their tourist visas by attending the Tablighi Jamaat.(Source:NDTV)
Undoubtedly both the localities and foreigners had tested positive for COVID-19. They had either attended the event or had been in contact with the people who attended it. However, they were falsely blamed for spreading the virus across the whole nation.
“The material discussed shows that no such nuisance was created by the foreigners or Indian Muslims and was only an attempt was made by others to create such (an) atmosphere against them” the Court said.
The HC also criticized and ruled it as a “big”, “unwarranted media propaganda”. “An attempt was made to create a picture that these foreigners were responsible for spreading the virus.” The court declared.
The Bench in its verdict said, “The government cannot give different treatment to citizens of different religions of different countries… Social and religious tolerance is a practical necessity for unity and integrity of India. It is made compulsory by the Indian Constitution”.
They then proceeded to dismiss the cases against the foreign nationals. The court also ordered the authorities concerned to “repent” and “repair the damage done by such actions.”(Source: TheIndianExpress)
The court even made sure to refuse to grant a stay for filing of an appeal and said that the process of permitting the Foreign nationals to go home and arranging for their travel through flights will be taking place soon.