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Ramlila swoop: Delhi police gets SC stick again

Last Updated: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 21:27

New Delhi: The midnight crackdown on Yoga
Guru Ramdev and his followers at the Ramlila ground during
their protest against corruption evoked sharp reaction from
the Supreme Court which sought an explanation from Delhi
Police the reasons for not waiting till the morning.

"Explain whether the use of force was justified? What
were the circumstance which led to the action and why the
police could not wait till the morning to ask the people to
leave the venue," said a bench comprising justices B S Chauhan
and Swatanter Kumar.

The court sought the response from the Delhi Police by

The remarks were made by the Bench when advocate Ram
Jethmalani, appearing for Bharat Swabhiman Trust headed by
Ramdev, was making submission that the midnight crackdown on
June 4-5 was an attempt crush the peaceful protest.

He compared the incident with the atrocities during the
Nazi era in Germany and accused Home Minister P Chidambaram of
being responsible for the crackdown in which a woman died and
several others were injured.

"Are we living under dictatorship or a Nazi rule that
Baba Ramdev shall not be allowed to carry out his protest and
will not be allowed to stay in Delhi," Jethmalani said.


First Published: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 20:00
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