The High Court of Karnataka has quashed the criminal cases registered against nine foreign nationals belonging to the Tablighi Jamaat on the condition that they immediately leave the country and give an undertaking that they will not visit India again in the next 10 years.
They also have to pay a fine that may be levied by the competent authority. Though the court prima facie found that the tourist visa, under which they were allowed to enter India, did not allow them to indulge in activities permitted under the missionary visa, it allowed them to leave the country by adopting a similar concession given by the Madras High Court.
Justice Krishna S. Dixit passed the order on petitions filed by Farhan Hussain and three others from South Africa, Ibrahim Jassy and two others from Gambia, Rejo from Indonesia, and Saleh Imran Ahamed from the United States. The petitioners were engaged in religious activities in Tumakuru after attending the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi. However, the court declined to quash the criminal cases