Baba Ramdev claims Supreme Court judgement a victory

Ram Jethmalani, counsel for Baba Ramdev in the Ramlila Ground police high handedness case over his followers, said the Supreme Court’s decision was a victory for the yoga guru.

Ramdev said he had asked his followers to remain peaceful. Reuters

“The Supreme Court completely held that the crowd was a peaceful crowd and it was the police that was aggressive. Someone should resign from the government for this,” the lawyer told a press conference.

There is no doubt that the actions of the police were unwarranted, he said.

Jethmalani also questioned the role of the Home Minister P Chidambaram in the case saying that the minister had acted as an enemy of the constitution and free speech.

Jethmalani said that the role of the Home Minister in the "most aggressive, immoral and almost criminal operation" with regard to the 6 June police action should be looked into.

"I want to know who has given power to the Home Minister...The police was found guilty of aggression. This should make somebody resign...Delhi Police is not the real culprit. Real guilty are the political masters," Jethmalani said.

Yoga guru Ramdev claimed that he had instructed his followers to remain peaceful throughout the protests.

“I told everyone there not to attack the police, even if they hit you, you should not strike back,” the yoga guru said.

The Delhi police were only acting on the instructions of the Central government, he said.

Both Ramdev and Jethmalani said they would continue the battle against black money being stashed away in foreign banks.

The lawyer said that he was planning to file a contempt proceedings against the government to disclose the names of people with money stashed away abroad illegally.

A Supreme Court bench today observed that the police and the state could have avoided that tragic incident in which one person died and several were injured.

“It is a glaring example of trust deficit between the people governing and the people being governed,” the bench said.

Police action was meant to bring peace but in this case they breached the peace themselves, the court said.

The apex court blamed both Ramdev and the Delhi Police for the midnight crackdown at the Ramlila Maidan last year and directed criminal prosecution of police personnel and Ramdev’s supporters who had behaved violently during the incident.

However, the bench noted that the cops had assaulted sleeping victims and the police and state could have avoided the incident.

There was abuse of power by the Delhi Police and the fundamental rights of people were violated, the bench said.

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with inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Feb 23, 2012 22:12 PM

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