‘Communal card played to justify Ramlila swoop’

Bharat Swabhiman Trust headed by yoga guru Ramdev accused in the Supreme Court Delhi Police of playing a communal card for the midnight swoop.

Updated: Oct 17, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Bharat Swabhiman Trust headed by
yoga guru Ramdev on Monday accused in the Supreme Court Delhi
Police of playing a communal card at the behest of its
superiors as one of the grounds for the midnight crack down on
him and his followers at the Ramlila ground.

Ramdev`s counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said
Delhi Police revoked the permission for holding the dharna and
satyagraha against black money on the intervening nights of
June 4 and 5 at the venue saying the area was surrounded by
the criminals and communal elements which amounts to "slur" on
the minority community.
"They (Delhi Police) say the whole area is surrounded by
criminals elements. It is a slur on the Muslim community,"
Jethmalani submitted before a bench comprising Justices B S
Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar.

He questioned the midnight order passed by the Delhi
Police under section 144 of the Code of Criminal procedure
(CrPC)to declare the assembly of people at the Ramlila ground
as unlawful saying it was "not the exercise of lawful power of
the public servant".
He alleged that Delhi Police was acting at the behest of
its superiors and concocted the story that the venue of yoga
camp and protest was surrounded by criminals and communal
elements and referred to the last two gatherings organized by
Ramdev on January 30 and February 27 this year when prominent
Muslim organizations participated.

"Police made out a case of communal sensitiveness. They
expected some trouble from communal elements. It is unfair to
the minority community. Police concocted the story,"
Jethmalani alleged.

PTI