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Ajay Gautam, founder of Hum Hindu, a body “against politics of Muslim appeasement” has written a letter petition to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde seeking a direction for a complete ban on the Tablighi Jamaat and all its activities.
Thousands of worshippers from across the world attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation held at Nizamuddin from March 13-15, even as the country began taking measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Urging the Court to treat his letter as a public interest litigation, Gautam has said that even after orders by the Delhi government on March 12 and March 16 prohibiting congregation of 50 or more, people continued to remain at the Nizamuddin Markaz. The petition states,
“It is submitted that Hundreds of foreigner of 61 countries who were came on tourist Visa joined above gathering for propagating Islam in India. It is further submitted that hundreds of foreigners who joined the gathering came from where the Coronavirus already spread in large numbers. It is further submitted that the above named organization hid this information from the concerned agency.”
The petition has also squarely blamed the Jamaat for “spreading COVID-19 to 21 states across India.”
Gautam has stated that even though police and medical authorities asked the Jamaat members to come forward and report the medical complications, “none of them came forward” and it is only after police raid that the “infected” ones were found to be inside the Markaz building.