The 29 foreign nationals who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi had been irresponsibly persecuted, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court said on Friday, 21st August.
In fact, hundreds of people had attended the event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Some of them tested positive for Covid-19. This event was viewed as a big contributor to the exploding cases of COVID-19 in the country.
“There was big propaganda in print media and electronic media against the foreigners who had come to Markaz Delhi and an attempt was made to create a picture that these foreigners were responsible for spreading COVID-19 virus in India. There was virtually persecution against these foreigners,” the court said in its order.
The authorities arrested the 29 foreign nationals under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Disaster Management Act, the Foreigners Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act.
The court expressed concern over the arrests of these foreigners.
“It is now high time for the concerned to repent about this action taken against the foreigners and to take some positive steps to repair the damage done by such action,” the court said.
It further stated that foreigner visits to religious places cannot be considered a prohibited activity.