Sources said the Crime Branch officials have questioned 400 foreigners in Delhi. It is being suspected that 850 foreign nationals had come to Delhi to join the Tablighi Jamaat event, which is now under investigation. The remaining foreigners will be questioned later. 

At least 700 foreign nationals had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin in March. (Photo: India Today: Pankaj Nangia)

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has seized the documents of at least 700 foreign nationals who attended the Markaz event in Nizamuddin in March.

The foreign nationals were kept at different isolation wards in the city. After their quarantine got over, the crime branch seized their travel documents.

Sources said the Crime Branch officials have questioned 400 foreigners in Delhi. It is being suspected that 850 foreign nationals had come to Delhi to join the Tablighi Jamaat event, which is now under investigation. The remaining foreigners will be questioned later.

Earlier, the Delhi Police Crime Branch had asked Tablighi Markaz chief Maulana Saad to take Covid-19 test and then join the investigation. They had also sent a notice to Saad regarding questions related to Markaz.

An FIR was also lodged against Saad and six others for holding a religious congregation in Delhi allegedly in violation of the lockdown orders and not maintaining social distancing to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Wednesday opposed a plea in the Delhi High Court seeking direction that the NIA be handed over the investigation of a case against Saad for holding a congregation.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani, conducting the hearing through video conferencing, asked the petitioner to place the judgements in support of his plea to transfer the investigation from Delhi Police Crime Branch to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The petition, filed by Mumbaibased lawyer Ghanshyam Upadhyay, has also sought direction to the NIA to investigate the matter in a time bound manner and the probe be monitored by the high court.

It alleged that Delhi Police has failed to arrest the leader despite the lapse of considerable time. The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 28.

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