‘WHERE DOES ONE GO?, ONE THE STREET?’ DELHI HC TO POLICE ON TABLIGHIS SEEKING SHELTER AMID LOCKDOWN

The Delhi High Court questioned the Delhi Police’s FIRs against Indian nationals who had provided shelter in their homes or mosques to attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat at the Markaz. Justice Mukta Gupta while hearing the petitions seeking the quashing of FIRs, asked where would the persons find shelter when there is a sudden lockdown in place, and asked what the offenses were. “There was no means available. Then what is the offence? What is the violation? Or was there any notification that everybody will throw out whosoever is staying somewhere,” the court added. “Wherever anybody was residing, person need(ed) to continue. A person could not even shift if they were with their grandparents, parents… nobody could go out of the house. Wherever you were, you were just suddenly static. So, there was no question of changing the place at that time,” said Justice Gupta.

 

The counsel representing the police said that the Investigating Officer recently changed, and hence asked for time in filing a detailed report. The court gave one week time to file a status report while listing the hearing on December 6. 

 

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