SC to examine Delhi Police`s crackdown

Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 13:04

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday
examine the Delhi Police`s affidavit on the pre-dawn swoop at
Ramlila Maidan here denying allegations that it had used force
to evict yoga guru Ramdev and his supporters from the site.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and AK Patnaik is also
likely to take up a petition filed by advocate Ashok Agarwal
seeking direction to the City Police Commissioner to deposit
the 42 CCTV cameras allegedly seized from the site after the
swoop.

However, in an affidavit filed before the court, the city
police claimed that no force was used against the protesters
but only eight teargas shells were fired on Ramdev`s
supporters after they turned violent and started pelting
stones on the cops.

Justifying its action, police said the authorities had
allowed permission to Ramdev to use the ground only to hold
yoga camp and not for any other purpose.

It said that instead of holding yoga camp, Ramdev was
instigating the crowd during his fast on the issue of
corruption and black money at the ground where more than
20,000 people had gathered.

Delhi Police had filed the response following a direction
of the apex court which took suo motu cognisance of the
crackdown and had directed it to explain why it resorted to
such action against Ramdev and his supporters.

However, advocate Agarwal alleged that after the swoop
police forcibly took away the hard disk and 42 CCTV cameras
from the residence of Vipin Mittal from Savitri Colony at
Malviya Nagar, who is the owner of `Sai` Company dealing with
CCTV cameras.

He claimed the cameras were seized by police to destroy
vital evidence relating to the alleged brutal crackdown.

Agarwal also sought an inquiry by a Special Investigation
Team and adequate compensation to 51-year-old woman Raj Bala
who was critically injured in the alleged police lathicharge.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 13:04

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