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Only CJMs of Lucknow, Meerut & Bareilly to hear TJ cases: HC | Allahabad News

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Only CJMs of Lucknow, Meerut & Bareilly to hear TJ cases: HC | Allahabad News

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Prayagraj: The Allahabad high court has directed that all matters related to the members of Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) in Uttar Pradesh will now be heard only by the three chief judicial magistrates (CJMs) of Lucknow, Meerut and Bareilly. Besides, they will decide these matters within eight weeks.
The court directed that cases pending in Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Lucknow zones be transferred to the chief judicial magistrate, Lucknow. Likewise, cases pending in Agra and Meerut zones are transferred to the chief judicial magistrate, Meerut. Lastly, the cases pending in Bareilly zone are transferred to chief judicial magistrate, Bareilly.
Disposing of the writ petition named as ‘In Re Maulana Ala Hadarmi and others’, a division bench comprising Justice Shashi Kant Gupta and Justice Shamim Ahmed directed the chief secretary, Uttar Pradesh to transfer the criminal cases pending against the members of Tablighi Jamaat in the manner as provided in the present decision.
The court directed the registry of this court to forward a copy of this order to the chief secretary of the state, concerned district judges as well as district magistrates for information and necessary compliance.
The court also directed the registrar general of Allahabad High Court to monitor the progress of the aforementioned cases transferred to the chief judicial magistrates of Lucknow, Meerut and Bareilly, and submit a report within three months to the Chief Justice.
Criminal prosecution was launched against the foreigners, who had come to attend the conference of Tablilghi Jamaat held at New Delhi, for violating the pandemic guidelines and committing penal offences.
Subsequently, a petition was filed by Maulana Ala Hadarmi and others before the apex court challenging such criminal prosecutions instituted against the members of Tablighi Jamaat. An interim application was filed by intervenors before the apex court raising two-fold grievances.
The petitioner contended that multiple criminal cases are pending against members of Tablighi Jamaat across the state of Uttar Pradesh and concerned courts are granting bails imposing different conditions, and there is no uniformity in that regard.
The second grievance was that due to pendency of proceedings in different courts, the accused in the concerned cases are facing logistical difficulties for which reason, as the cases involving the same issue need to proceed for inquiry/trial before one court in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The apex court gave discretion to this court to transfer the cases to one or more courts, as such, it was requested that the cases, which are pending in various districts, be transferred to at least two or three districts so that it could be decided in accordance with the directions passed by the apex court.
In addition to the above, the court also directed that all the matters would be heard as far as possible by the concerned courts through video conferencing as the apex court while deciding the matter has categorically recorded the assurance of the parties that complete cooperation will be extended to the trial court for expeditious disposal of pending criminal cases, including to participate in the proceedings through video conferencing.
The court gave this decision on September 30 that came to light on October 3.

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