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10 people charged with gathering at Balestier flat to study, have tea during circuit breaker

SINGAPORE — Three tenants and seven of their friends were charged on Friday (May 22) with organising and attending social gatherings at a Kim Keat Road flat earlier this month during the circuit breaker period.

Avinash Kaur, 27, Navdeep Singh, 20, and Sajandeep Singh, 21 are accused of permitting seven people into their Balestier flat during the circuit breaker period for a non-exempted reason.

Avinash Kaur, 27, Navdeep Singh, 20, and Sajandeep Singh, 21 are accused of permitting seven people into their Balestier flat during the circuit breaker period for a non-exempted reason.

SINGAPORE — Three tenants and seven of their friends were charged on Friday (May 22) with organising and attending social gatherings at a Kim Keat Road flat earlier this month during the circuit breaker period. 

The Indian nationals, some of whom are students, allegedly breached safe distancing measures on May 5, according to court documents.

The three tenants — Avinash Kaur, 27, Navdeep Singh, 20, and Sajandeep Singh, 21 — face one to three charges respectively under Regulation 4(4) of the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Regulations) 2020.

They are accused of permitting seven guests into their Balestier flat for a non-exempted reason. 

Arvinash Kaur (left) and Sajandeep Singh outside the State Courts on May 22, 2020. Photo: Nuria Ling/TODAY

The rest face one charge each of being part of a social gathering.

They are Arpit Kumar, 20; Bhullar Jasteena, 23; Karmjit Singh, 30; Mohammed Imran Pasha, 26; Sharma Lukesh, 21; Vijay Kumar, 20; and Waseem Akram, 33.

Mohammed Imran, Arpit and Waseem are accused of meeting Navdeep that morning to chat over tea, while Vijay allegedly met Sajandeep to study and discuss an assignment.

Meanwhile, Sharma and Karamjit purportedly met Sajandeep that morning to talk and collect some items. 

Court documents did not specify what the items were. 

Meanwhile, Bhullar faces a charge of meeting Avinash to study and prepare for a school assignment. 

Bhullar told the court that they had to prepare for exams and that she “maybe made a mistake” by meeting Avinash. 

Some of them said that they were not aware of the rules with Imran saying he had arrived in Singapore two months ago. 

Court documents did not specify which school the students were studying at. 

Most of them said that they intend to plead guilty to their charges and will return to court on June 3, save for Bhullar who said she needed to consult her family on the matter.

If convicted, they could be fined up to S$10,000, jailed up to six months or both.

Earlier this week, a 38-year-old man was fined S$4,500 for attending a dinner gathering at his cousin-in-law’s flat one day after circuit breaker measures kicked in. 

Francis Soh Seng Chye took pictures and posted them on Facebook with the caption: “After a long long long long super long day... we are having a illegal gathering... so what? Enjoy the food to the max.”

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