SC pulls up Delhi Police for mid night crack down

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    The Supreme Court today asked Delhi Police to explain their behaviour and the need to resort to teargas and baton-charge in the closed enclosure when people were sleeping during yoga guru Baba Ramdev's protest gathering at the Ramlila Ground here last month.


    An apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said that there are documents and DVDs to show that the yoga exercises were undertaken at the camp, and if that was so, what was the justification for the police to resort to baton-charge.

    Delhi Police chief B.K. Gupta, in an affidavit to the apex court, had said that permission to use the Ramlila Ground was given for a yoga camp, and not for any other purpose. The court said it would consider Ramdev's plea to issue notice to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the grounds that the decision to use force against him and his followers was not taken by Delhi Police on June 4 but rather it was decided much earlier at the political level.

    Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Ramdev, referred to a press release issued by the home ministry and an interview by Chidambaram to Doordarshan in support of his contention that the decision to use force was taken much earlier. The court will next hear the matter July 25.
    Yoga guru: PC behind swoop

    Yoga guru Ramdev has alleged in the Supreme Court that P Chidambaram was behind the midnight crackdown on him and his followers during the protests on the issue of black money at the Ramlila Maidan last month.
    ‘Chidambaram behind Ramlila Maidan swoop in Delhi’
    Yoga guru Ramdev has alleged in the Supreme Court that P Chidambaram was behind the midnight crackdown on him and his followers during the protests on the issue of black money at the Ramlila Maidan last month. Jethmalani sought a direction that the Home Minister should explain the incident and notice should be issued to him personally. Jethmalani said Ramdev had taken a decision not to walk down to Jantar Mantar protest on the issue of corruption and was staying with his followers at the Ramlila Maidan when the crackdown was launched.

    He alleged there was no order of externment against Ramdev and, therefore, Chidambaram must be called to explain when the decision was taken and why it was taken to get the area vacated.
    The bench asked senior advocate Harish Salve, who was appearing for the Delhi police, that there was need for response on some of the issues on which the law enforcing agency was silent.
    The bench questioned the Delhi police for allegedly not registering the FIR on the complaint of the yoga guru's followers against the alleged atrocities committed by the authorities. The bench said this has to be clarified in an affidavit. — Agencies
    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation
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    A golden opportunity for PC and Sibal to repeat their arguments they produced before the press. If they do not dare so, then automatically, their statements were LIES.
     
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