BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Delhi Police has charged the chief of a Delhi-based Tablighi Jamaat Markaz under sections for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Sources said that Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been added in the FIR lodged against him and others.
With the addition of IPC Section 304, the Islamic preacher and others won’t be able to secure bail.
No warrant for has been issued for Maulana Saad as of yet by Delhi Police Crime Branch. Maulana Saad who is in self-isolation will record his statement and thereafter the law will decide its next action.
The cleric was last seen on March 28 and later claimed through an audio message through his legal messenger that he was in self-isolation.
Cops had served Saad served two notices earlier, in which he was asked 26 questions in connection with the probe against him and his organisation.
The Delhi Police Crime Branch is probing Maulana Saad and others for violating government orders on gathering restrictions as well. Police have asked 18 people to join the probe including Maulana Saad.
Police have also issued a look-out-circular against around 2,000 Tablighi Jamaat members including the foreign nationals so that they can’t leave the country.
According to sources, Saad provided answers to a few questions and told investigators he did not have access to details about the other queries since he was in self-isolation.
Police claim the religious gathering, which began on 3 March, was not interrupted even when India announced a lockdown on 24 March despite advisories.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate has filed a money laundering case to investigate the entire funding of Tablighi Jamaat Markaz at Nizamuddin, both from within India and abroad, using which it organises religious congregations and travel of foreigners to different states.