Karnataka HC quashes criminal cases against 9 foreign Tablighis

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August 9, 2020

Bengaluru, Aug 9: The High Court of Karnataka has quashed the criminal cases against nine foreign nationals belonging to the Tablighi  Jamaat on the condition that they immediately leave the country, following an undertaking that they won’t visit India again in the next 10 years and pay the fine amount levied by the competent authority.

The court, however, did not quash the case against seven Indian nationals on grounds of their case being on a different footing.

A single bench of Justice Krishna S. Dixit issued the direction while hearing pleas filed by the 9 foreign nationals questioning the legality of the criminal cases against them for violating the Foreigners Act, 1946.

The 9 foreign nationals included Farhan Hussain and three others from South Africa, Rejo from Indonesia, and Saleh Imran Ahamed from the United States and Ibrahim Jassy and two others from Gambia. They were arrested after engaging in religious propagation in Tumakuru after attending the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in Delhi, which later became hotspot for the spread of COVID-19. They were thereafter blacklisted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

It was claimed that these foreign nationals had come to India with an e-Tourist visa but carried out preaching of religious principles, for which a Missionary visa is required. However, according to advocate Mohammed Tahir, who defended the petitioners, there is no specific prohibition in the visas in question for preaching religious principles in the Tablighi congregation.

The court didn’t agree with the petitioner advocate and noted that by the very nature of these visas, what is not provided for in the visa, is deemed to be impermissible. The general principle is that what all is not prohibited is permissible for a natural person and what all is not provided for is impermissible for a juristic person, ordinarily cannot be invoked by foreign nationals.

Regarding the petitioner’s contention that criminal proceedings were initiated by the police, with the prejudice generated by the

Media propaganda, and for the statistical purpose of the State, the Court stated that it hasn’t found any material for entertaining such a baseless grievance after careful examination of the entire file.

The Court observed that a legitimate impression is that the police having stood tall, exercised a lot of restraint despite running a huge risk of COVID-19 infection and tolerating the attack/assault by the miscreants.

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September 20,2020

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Udupi, Sept 20: Relentless downpour has caused massive flooding in the coastal district of Udupi throwing normal life out of gear, with all low-lying areas under four to eight feet of water. National Disaster Response Force was called in for rescue efforts as four villages in Udupi taluk were inundated.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell dashboard, up to 64.5 mm rainfall was recorded since 8.30 am of Sunday morning in several pockets of coastal region.

The District Collector has directed the citizens affected by the extreme weather to contact the emergency number 1077, to receive help from the assigned control room. The parking area at Udupi Krishna Mata and the city’s national highway routes have been completely waterlogged due to the heavy rains. Several shops and godowns in the district have been flooded.

Extreme rainfall has resulted in the sinking of 3 boats, causing heavy damages ranging in lakhs of rupees. During this ordeal, the fishermen managed to rescue themselves by seeking refuge in the rocks and boulders by the sea.

The road at Gundibail has worsened due to the rains. Udupi-Manipal main roads have deteriorated, while many shops and houses at Badagupete have experienced flooding.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa directed officials from Udupi and Bengaluru Urban district to take measures to prevent any untoward incidents. According to a release from the CMO, Yediyurappa spoke to BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta over phone, with instructions to prevent flooding along storm water drains of the city. All officials should be available round the clock as rainfall is forecast to continue in the city, the CM said.

He spoke to Udupi DC G Jagadeesh to review the rescue efforts being carried out in the district. Udupi and other coastal districts have received very heavy rainfall over the past two days.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Udupi that army helicopters will be used for rescue efforts if required. Due to heavy rainfall in the Western Ghats, rivers are in spate. Several bridges in Karkala taluk, Udupi district were washed away, he said. Efforts are on to rescue the staff at Baje Hydro Project in the district who are stranded in the flood waters.

India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for very heavy rainfall in coastal districts till Tuesday, and in Malnad districts till Monday. Extremely heavy rainfall events exceeding 204.5 mm rainfall per day is also likely in isolated parts of these districts, along with thundershowers.

Also Read: DK faces massive destruction due to heavy rain; road was split in two near Mangaluru

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September 27,2020

Mysuru, Sept 27: VishwaprasannaTirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt, Udupi, said that Covid-19 obstructed fund collection for construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and a special campaign will be organised to raise funds soon.

Speaking to media here late last evening, he said the construction of Ram Mandir is under progress.

A separate account is opened at State Bank of India and the devotees can directly deposit the amount into the bank account.

"E-banking is adopted to avoid misuse of funds. I heard about the misuse of funds through fake cheque books. No irregularities will be reported from now,” he said.

The seer said, "As Covid cases are on the rise, he was not able to visit Ayodhya. The works were delayed due to Covid. A special drive will be launched soon to raise funds for the construction."

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September 26,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 26: A nursing intern with a top hospital has filed a complaint against a neurosurgeon, accusing him of raping her in a hotel in the city.

Police said the alleged incident took place on July 15 and the 25-year-old victim filed a police complaint on September 19 as the hospital management allegedly failed to act on her complaint about the incident.

Police registered a case of rape, sexual harassment, criminal intimidation and cheating under IPC against the neurosurgeon.

“On July 15, he asked me to meet him outside the hospital; he gave me an address in Wilson Garden. He took me to a room, stripped and sexually abused me. Later, he promised to marry me, but tried to blackmail me for sexual favours. He harassed me with video calls and abusive messages,” the woman alleged.

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