Delhi Police justifies Ramdev`s supporters in SC
The apex court had expressed concern over the "police atrocities" and use of "brutal force" to disperse the "innocent" people gathered at the site.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday justified
in the Supreme Court its midnight crackdown on yoga guru Baba
Ramdev and his supporters protesting against corruption and
black money at the Ramlila Maidan here, saying permission had
been given only to hold a yoga camp.
In its affidavit filed before the court, the police
said that the congregation was allowed only for yoga camp and
for no other purpose.
It further said permission was granted only for a
gathering of 5,000 people but on the intervening night of June
4 and 5, more than 20,000 people had gathered at Ramlila
The police submitted in court that it resorted to
lobbing tear gas shells only after followers of Ramdev started
pelting stones at police personnel.
The response of the police came after the court took
suo motu cognisance of the crackdown.
The court had issued notices to the Union Home
Secretary, Delhi Chief Secretary and the Delhi Police
Commissioner, and had asked them to respond within two weeks
about the circumstances that led to the operation.
The police maintained no force was used against
Ramdev`s followers and also refuted allegations of lathicharge
The apex court had expressed concern over the "police
atrocities" and use of "brutal force" to disperse the
"innocent" people gathered at the site.
The court had also taken note of articles and reports
published in national dailies depicting the "sad state of
affairs and brutality of the state in dealing with its