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COVID-19 positive Tablighi attendee dies, TN toll reaches 2

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Chennai, April 4 (IANS) A 51-year-old male died on Saturday at a hospital in Villupuram due to Coronavirus infection, said an official.

“A male, aged 51-years, died at Villupuram hospital. He was one of the persons who had gone to Delhi to attend the Tablighi Jamaat conference last month,” a health department official told IANS.

This is the second Covid-19 death in Tamil Nadu. The first person, who died was from Madurai, and a contact of the person who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference.

As on Friday, Tamil Nadu reported a total of 411 Covid-19 positive cases. Out of that 364 persons had attended the Tablighi Jamaat’s conference.

According to Health Secretary Beela Rajesh, about 1,200 persons from the state have returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat and throat swabs and blood samples have been taken from them for tests.

She said about 300 attendees of the conference have tested negative.

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Tablighi Jamaat case: Foreigners including Chinese granted bail

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New Delhi, July 8 : A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to Chinese, Brazilian, Australian, Fijian, and Philippines nationals who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz here in March.

They were granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each. They have also moved a plea bargaining application before the trial court.

Plea bargaining is a pre-trial negotiation between the accused and the prosecution where the accused agrees to plead guilty in exchange for certain concessions by the prosecution.

This came a day after the court granted bail to 122 Malaysian nationals in the same case. All the foreign nationals had participated in the congregation in alleged violation of visa norms and guidelines issued by the Indian government on Covid-19.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has named more than 900 foreign nationals in connection with the case. They have not been arrested. The FIR was registered against Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi and others on March 31.

The accused persons have been charged under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Disaster Management Act, and also for violating the prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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RGF has nothing to hide, why holy cows not questioned: Congress

The official said that a Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate will head the committee.

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New Delhi, July 8 : After the Centre set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe alleged violations of legal provisions by the Gandhi family”s Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, the Congress on Wednesday hit back saying the RGF had nothing to hide.

Party Senior spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “RGF has nothing to fear, you have every ”yantra” and ”tantra”, we are here as law abiding persons.”

“But you have to be ”exposed fully”, you are not asking similar questions to any holy cows, like the Vivekananda Foundation, India Foundation, the Overseas Friends of the BJP and for that matter the RSS,” said Singhvi.

He said, “Whose blue eyed boys and girls are these organisations, which are never asked anything.”

Singhvi said, “There are two laws, for that matter there were many sets of rules for different entities for the government.”

Singhvi said the RGF was not going to be cowed down and will continue its work as an NGO and was prepared to give truckloads of papers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs constituted committee will coordinate investigations into the violation of provisions like the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by these foundations, a Home Ministry Spokesperson tweeted on Wednesday.

The official said that a Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate will head the committee.

The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation was established on June 21, 1991. The foundation works on a range of issues, including literacy, health, disability, empowerment of the underprivileged, livelihood and natural resource management. Its current focus areas are education, disability and natural resource management.

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi is the Chairperson of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram are members of the board.

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SC agrees to examine plea on ashrams run by fake babas

The petitioner cited the case of ”Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya” at Rohini in Delhi, where his daughter had stayed for nearly five years. Following complaints from many girl inmates, this ”ashram” was raided by a court-appointed panel.

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New Delhi, July 8 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine a petition that sought a direction to the Centre to close down the ”ashrams” and spiritual centres run by fake ”babas” who it claimed kept hundreds of women inmates in unhygienic conditions that could potentially lead to Covid-19 outbreak.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre: “Look into this — what can be done. This gives a bad name to everyone.”

The bench asked the petitioner to serve a copy of the petition to the Solicitor General”s office. The top court sought Mehta”s views on the matter and posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

Petitioner Dumpala Ramreddy, a resident of Secunderabad said: “Though very serious criminal cases were registered against Veerendra Dev Dixit, Asaram Bapu, Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh baba etc… their ashrams are still being run with the help of their close associates and authorities are not verifying the facilities available there.”

The plea urged the apex court to direct the authorities concerned to frame guidelines in setting up of ”ashrams”, and other spiritual entities in the country.

The petition filed through advocate Sravan Kumar contended that authorities had failed to crack down against fake ”babas” who were allegedly luring innocent people, especially women.

The petitioner alleged that scores of women were forced to stay in the ”ashrams” and given narcotics.

The petitioner cited the case of ”Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya” at Rohini in Delhi, where his daughter had stayed for nearly five years. Following complaints from many girl inmates, this ”ashram” was raided by a court-appointed panel.

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