Maulana Saad says willing to cooperate in probe, demands copy of FIR

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New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Mohammad Saad, who has been booked by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police, has written to the force demanding a copy of the FIR besides saying that he is willing to cooperate in the investigation.
Saad, along with several other people, were booked by the police for holding a religious congregation in south Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month.
A Crime Barnch source related to the probe confirmed to IANS that Saad has written to the police.
According to the source, Saad wrote in the letter to the police dated April 16, “In the FIR registered against me on March 31, I have joined the investigation by replying to two notices dated April 1 and 2.”
The source further said that Saad asked the police to share the copy of the FIR registered against him and also inform him if any “new section” has been added in the FIR.
As per the source, Saad also said that he was willing to cooperate in the investigation.
“It is reiterated that I am always ready and willing to cooperate in the investigation being conducted by you,” Saad wrote in the letter, the source added.
The Delhi Police had booked Saad and others under the Epidemic Act 1897 read with Sections 269, 270, 271 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for violation of government directions given to the management of Markaz of Basti Nizamuddin regarding restriction of social, political and religious gathering and for taking safety measures, including social distancing, for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19, the Delhi Police had said earlier.
On Wednesday, the Delhi Police charged Saad under stringent sections for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which is equivalent to second degree murder.
Saad is under self-quarantine after being blamed for grossly violating the norms of the Epidemic Diseases Act. The Amir (chief) of Tablighi Jamaat, Saad, as per the investigating agencies, is in constant touch with the Jamaatis through audio messages.