Police probe found Maulana Saad’s audio clip about social distance ‘doctored’

New Delhi: The Delhi Police crime Branch has said that an audio clip allegedly released by Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Saad Kandhalvi where he asked Jamaat members not to follow social distancing norms during the coronavirus lockdown, may be “doctored”, an Indian Express report has revealed.

Police have now sent all the individual audio clips as well as the allegedly doctored clip to a forensic science laboratory suspecting that clips are stitched together using several audio files.

FIR has been filed against Maulana Saad and six other people associated with the management committee of the Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin for gathering around 2,000 people in mid-March despite warnings from authorities.

The event has been linked to a number of Covid-19 cases across the country.

In early April, an undated audio clip emerged, purportedly of Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Saad Kandhalvi encouraging people to gather in mosques.

“If you think you will die if you assemble in a masjid, let me tell you, there is no better place to die,” he had said at the time. Lamenting the fact that people “can’t even pray”, he had added that “they” wanted people to stop praying so that it wouldn’t add to their difficulties.

“We will only accept that doctor’s advice who follows the path of Allah and fears the almighty,” he declared. However, even such a doctor would be ignored if he gave them similar advice, he had declared.

Maulana Saad later went into self-quarantine. He recently took to social media in the form of an YouTube audio clip to urge everyone to quarantine themselves and get themselves cleared medically. In a new video he asks followers to listen to officials and self-quarantine themselves. Not only that, he now appears to believe that staying at home is the “only way to calm God’s wrath”.