SC seeks Ramdev`s say on Ramlila swoop

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Baba Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Trust, seeking its response to Delhi Police`s affidavit on the pre-dawn swoop at Ramlila Maidan on the intervening night of June 4-5.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, asking it to respond to the affidavit filed by Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta on the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters earlier this month.

The trust booked New Delhi`s Ramlila Ground -- where Ramdev and his supporters staged their anti-corruption fast before their eviction -- for a yoga camp.

The apex court bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice AK Patnaik asked trust president Acharya Virendra Vikram to respond to the affidavits filed by Gupta and Delhi Chief Secretary Praveen K Tripathi.

The court asked the central government to file an affidavit responding to the police claim about threat to the security of Ramdev.

The Delhi Police commissioner in his affidavit on Friday said that Ramdev and his supporters were removed from the Ramlila Ground on the night of June 04-05 as the police had intelligence inputs that there were security threats to the yoga guru.

He had also said that Ramdev was asked to move out as prohibitory orders banning gathering of five or more people had been imposed in the area, but instead the yoga guru began protesting.

Senior counsel UU Lalit, appearing for the police, told the court that they had to use teargas to chase away Ramdev`s supporters who indulged in stone pelting.

He told the court that Ramlila Ground was given to the BST for a yoga camp but instead it was converted into a political gathering.

The court was told that Ramlila Ground had a capacity of 5,000 people but there were 20,000-25,000 people at the camp.

The matter would come up for hearing July 11.


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