A view of the Ramlila Ground after yoga guru Swami Ramdev and his followers were evicted by the police from the venue of his indefinite fast against corruption and black money on June 5, 2011. UNI PHOTO
A view of the Ramlila Ground after yoga guru Swami Ramdev and his followers were evicted by the police from the venue of his indefinite fast against corruption and black money on June 5, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Shocked SC says police crackdown on Ramdev gross violation of human rights

New Delhi, June 6, 2011

The Supreme Court today observed that the midnight police action to evict yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers from Ramlila Grounds in the capital was a gross violation of human rights.

The Court expressed shock at the police action and issued notices to the Union Home Secretary, Delhi Police Commissioner and Delhi Government's Chief Secretary to explain within two weeks what was the compulsion to act against the sleeping followers of Baba Ramdev at midnight.

The notices were issued by a vacation bench comprising Justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar.

Justices Chauhan and Kumar said, "We are shocked at the brutality of police action after seeing media reports on TV channels. What was the compulsion to evict the sleeping agitators at 0130 hrs at night?"

The police crackdown was carried out by around 5000 jawans of Delhi Police and the Rapid Action Force who had descended on Ramlila Ground at New Delhi on Saturday night.

Baba Ramdev has also been externed from Delhi for 15 days.

The agitators led by the yoga guru were demanding that the money illegally stashed away in foreign banks by tax evaders and money launderers must be declared national property and those found indulging in such activities must be charged with sedition and there must be provisions in law for awarding life imprisonment or death sentence to the offenders found guilty.

The apex court refused to entertain the petition filed by an advocate, Mr Ajay Aggrawal, but took suo motu notice on the basis of media reports and issued showcause notices to three officers.

Ajay Aggrawal, whose petition was dismissed, had made Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay as respondents.

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