SC asks Bihar govt to maneuver HC for switch, trial of circumstances towards foreigner Tablighi members


New Delhi, September 1

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Bihar authorities to maneuver the Patna High Court inside per week to hunt switch of pending felony circumstances towards 13 international Tablighi Jamaat members for alleged visa violations earlier than a trial courtroom for fast disposal ideally inside eight weeks of their switch.

A Bench comprising justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna took up the plea of 13 international Tablighi Jamaat members within the proceedings held by way of video conferencing and requested the state authorities to do the needful urgently.

“In our opinion, the prosecution must forthwith move a formal application before the High Court for such relief, which we are certain would be considered appropriately in light of and on similar terms vide order of this court dated August 06, in reference to similar cases in the NCT of Delhi. After the High Court allows the proposed application of the state, the trial court may make endeavour to dispose of the concerned criminal case within eight weeks from the date it is transferred,” the highest courtroom stated in its order.

The circumstances towards these Tablighi members have been filed in Araria district and now they are going to be transferred earlier than a courtroom in Patna by the High Court on transferring of an acceptable utility.

“If the state of Bihar fails to move application before the High Court within one week from today, as indicated earlier, it will be open to the applicants (Tablighi members) either individually or together to move a formal application(s) before the High Court of Patna, after one week from today and such application(s), if filed, be considered by the court expeditiously, preferably within one week from the date of institution,” the order stated.

The Bench requested its registry to ahead a replica of the order to the Registrar General of the Patna High Court forthwith for data and mandatory motion.

Earlier, the highest courtroom had sought a response from the Bihar authorities on a plea of international Tablighi Jamaat members that their circumstances and subsequent trial be consolidated earlier than one courtroom within the state.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre, had stated that he doesn’t have any objection and the trial could be consolidated as accomplished in Delhi the place a courtroom at Saket is listening to all such circumstances.    

Prior to this, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that look out notices issued towards some foreigners, who’ve challenged within the apex courtroom the federal government’s orders blacklisting a number of residents of 35 nations for alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat actions, have been withdrawn.

The Solicitor General had stated that petitioners who’re earlier than the apex courtroom can be “free to leave” India topic to every other pending proceedings together with order handed by the courtroom requiring their presence.

As per the knowledge out there, 205 FIRs have been lodged towards international Tablighi Jamaat members by 11 states and a pair of,765 such foreigners have been blacklisted to date, the Centre had stated in its affidavit.

Of these, visas of two,679 foreigners (together with 9 Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders) have been cancelled, it stated, including that the remaining 86 embrace Nepalese nationals who don’t require a visa. PTI



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