36 foreigners accused of violating the COVID-19 government guidelines were acquitted by the Delhi Court on Dec. 15.
Later on Dec. 15, 2020, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg acquitted the 36 foreigners of all charges. The court mentioned that the evidence, including the attendance register submitted by the prosecution, failed to prove the accused's presence in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. It added that the prosecution had not presented any photographs and videos as evidence.
The foreigners were released for the offenses under section 14 (1) (b) (violation of visa norms) of Foreigners Act, sections 270 (Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 271 (Disobedience to quarantine rule) of IPC.
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