Muslim Corps Moves SC Seeking End to Spread 'Fake News' Related to Tablighi Jamaat Event

NEW DELHI: Claiming that a section of the media is spreading communal hatred about last month's congregation in Delhi, the Supreme Court asked the Center for instructions to stop spreading false news and to take strict action against those responsible for it.

The statement made by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the secretary of his legal cell, through a lawyer, argued that the unfortunate Tablighi Jamaat incident was being used to demonize and blame the entire Muslim community.

At least 9,000 people had participated in the religious meeting at the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters last month. The congregation became a key source for the spread of COVID-19 in India, as many of the participants traveled to various parts of the country for missionary work.

Of the more than 4,000 cases in the country, at least 1,445 have been found linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

The petition has asked the Center for instructions to stop the spread of fake news and to take strict action against the section of the media spreading fanaticism and community hatred regarding the issue of Nizamuddin Markaz.

In addition to this, there are several false reports and videos circulating on social media, showing Muslims in a bad light, the statement said.

Such reports are said to have unleashed community antagonism and have also perpetrated hatred, which has caused fisipatory tendencies to set in, weaken and affect community harmony, the statement said.

The petition stated that this demonization of the community has led to a serious threat to the life and freedom of Muslims, and therefore has led to the violation of their right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution.

The petition also sought instructions for all sections of the media to strictly comply with the instructions of the Supreme Court, asking them to maintain a strong sense of responsibility and ensure that unverified news is not disseminated.