February 23rd, 2012
Email this page

SC criticizes Ramdev and Delhi police

ramdevNew Delhi: The Supreme Court severely criticized yoga guru Baba Ramdev and the Delhi police for their irresponsible behavior. The apex court was making comments regarding the midnight violent incident at the Ramlila Maidan on June 5, 2011. According to the court Ramdev was guilty of negligence and that the police crackdown was totally unnecessary. The court said the incident reflects the “glaring example of trust deficit” between the people and the government.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said that incident showed might of the state which struck at the foundation of democracy. “There was abuse of power by the Delhi Police and there was violation of fundamental rights of people,” the court said. The bench further observed that the police and the state could have avoided that tragic incident in which one person died and several others were injured.

The Supreme Court has directed Rs 5 lakh compensation to be paid to the crackdown victim Rajbala, who succumbed to injuries. The Ramdev trust has been asked to pay 25 per cent of this compensation. The Supreme Court has also directed the Delhi government and the Delhi Police Commissioner to register a case against officers who caused injury, and those who used lathi charge and tear gas in the crackdown.

Ramdev was agitating along with his followers against corruption and demanding that the UPA government must make sincere efforts to bring back black money illegally parked in secret foreign bank accounts by tax evaders.


Press ctrl+g to toggle between English and Malayalam.