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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Wednesday sought one more week to file a reply in a petition demanding enquiry into the events leading up to the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Delhi in March, this year.
The matter had come up yesterday before the Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy.
While allowing the Centre's request for more time to reply, the court has also allowed for copy of the petition to be served upon the government of Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority and the DTC. These authorities have also been permitted to reply in the matter, if they choose to.
It was last on April 14 that the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to examine this petition demanding an inquiry into the Tablighi Jamaat convention held in the national capital, after several participants subsequently tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The petition, filed by a Jammu-based lawyer Supriya Pandita, questioned the role of the Centre, the Delhi government and the Delhi Police for risking the health of millions of citizens by allowing the huge congregation, which also comprised of foreign delegates.
The Court also heard a related petition filed by the Jamiat Ulama i-Hind yesterday, which demanded an end to demonizing of Muslims following the Tablighi event.