New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday
decided to view the video footage of Delhi Police crackdown on
yoga guru Ramdev and his followers, saying it should be
ensured that such incidents do not recur even as it declined
to make Union Home Minister P Chidambaram a party to the case
at this stage.
A bench of justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar
decided to watch the two-hour video recording of the entire
incident on August 5 at 4.15 PM.
Turning down Ramdev`s plea to implead Chidambaram, who
had defended the Delhi Police action, the bench said it is not
expanding the ambit of the case and the focus is to examine
the circumstances which led to the June 4 incident.
The bench said it is not making the Home Minister a
party to have his say in the case at this stage but will keep
the issue open.
Expressing concern over the incident, the bench said,
"Innocent persons should not be beaten up by whosoever.
"We must ensure that such incidents do not occur
again," the bench said.
Yoga guru Ramdev had tried to impress upon the bench
to implead Chidambaram but could not succeed.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani appearing for Ramdev
sought a direction that the Home Minister should explain the
incident and notice should be issued to him personally.
The bench, however, clarified that it is not dealing
with any other aspect except the June 4 occurrence and fixed
August 8 and 16 for further hearing in the case.
The court had on June 6 taken suo motu cognisance of
the police action on a gathering of Ramdev and his followers
at Ramlila Maidan where they were staging a protest on the
issue of corruption and blackmoney and had asked the Centre
and Delhi Police to explain why it resorted to such a drastic
step in the middle of the night.
The court also asked all the parties including the
Centre to file their affidavit if they wish within three days.
During the last hearing, the bench had questioned the
city police for allegedly not registering an FIR on the
complaint of the yoga guru`s followers against the alleged
"atrocities" committed by the authorities.
It had also questioned the police for lobbing tear gas
shells and using water cannons in the enclosed premises to
drive out the people.
"Is it not expected that the tear gas and water
cannons should be used in enclosed part.... Was it not that
people at 11:30 PM were sleeping? You resort to lathicharge.
The photographs show the commissioner of police is talking to
someone," the bench had said.