BY Nusrat Sidiq
Srinagar: A court has ruled that the 64 people who had been duped by a private Hajj operator could bring charges of outraging their religious sentiments against the operator besides fraud and other offences.
After hearing arguments from both sides, additional sessions judge CL Bawaria said the duped Hajj aspirants can proceed against Al Balaag Hajj and Umrah Services both on count of fraud and under the section 295, under which an offender is liable for ‘deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs”.
Nazir Ahmad, who lost Rs 4.8 lakh to the accused, said, “We have not received a single penny back. What bad luck we had as we are not able to perform Hajj for the past six years.”
Mehjoor Khan, who was operating the Hajj service, had even organised counselling sessions and trainings for the aspirants.
“We even received immunization and trainings, but days before we had to leave the company could not take us to Hajj,” said Nazir.
“We now are hopeful that the court proceeds at a fast pace so that we could receive money to at least perform this religious obligation this year.”