New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said Anna Hazare was detained from Mayur Vihar despite no prohibitory orders being imposed there because he intended to violate the Section 144 imposed at Jai Prakash Narain Park in central Delhi.
Speaking in Parliament, Chidambaram said when Delhi Police officials went to the Mayur Vihar residence in East Delhi where Anna was staying, the activist categorically told them that he would proceed to JP Park to hold fast.
That is why he was detained as a preventive measure in apprehension of breach of peace and tranquillity, Chidambaram told Lok Sabha.
The minister further clarified that the decision to detain and later arrest Anna Hazare was taken by police officials responsible for maintaining peace and tranquillity in areas where prohibitory orders had been imposed.
He also clarified that the police had not sought remand for Anna and his team members.
When the magistrate asked Anna whether he will violate police orders, he said as a true Gandhain that he will, the minister said, adding the judge then decided to send him to jail.
Chidambaram also said the government would deal with Anna Hazare "administratively and politically" but made it clear that his Jan Lokpal Bill was not acceptable.
Replying to a debate on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
statement on Hazare episode, Chidambaram asserted that making
laws was the sovereign right of Parliament although the views
of civil society could be taken on board.
He said "respected" Hazare has the "undoubted right" to
protest "as long as he wants" but subject to certain
conditions and hoped he would do so.
The Home Minister further said consulting civil society to an extent in a particular manner is useful. He added that civil society had earlier made valuable contributions on NREGA, RTI and Right to Education.