SC seeks Ramdev Trust`s affidavit on doctored CDs

The SC asked Bharat Swabhiman Trust to file its affidavit on allegation that Delhi Police had tampered with CDs relating to midnight crackdown.

Updated: Aug 29, 2011, 21:17 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked
yoga guru Ramdev-run Bharat Swabhiman Trust to file its
affidavit on the allegation that Delhi Police had "doctored
and "tampered" with the CDs and video clippings relating to
the July 4 midnight crackdown on the protest by Ramdev at the
Ramlila Grounds.

A bench of justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar
passed the direction while expressing the view that "there
seems to be some contradictions" on the photographs appearing
in the print media and the video clippings before it on the
protest relating to the black money row.

The apex court said while the reports in the print media
indicated that the protesters were beaten up, the video
clippings did not indicate so.

The bench asked senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing
for the Delhi police, to file its reply on the Trust`s
allegation even as amicus curiae Rajeev Dhawan told the court
that the authorities "were less than being candid" on the July
4 midnight incident.

Salve, while denying the allegation, assured the court
that necessary reply and written submissions would be placed
before the bench on the issue.

Dhawan, a senior counsel, said the Delhi Police had
failed to answer "one crucial question: where did the order
(to crackdown) come from? The City police Commissioner or someone higher up?"

PTI