SC slams Ramdev over Ramlila crackdown

SC slams Ramdev over Ramlila crackdown

By: || Updated: 23 Feb 2012 02:29 AM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday castigated the Delhi
Police and yoga guru Ramdev for the midnight violent incident at the
Ramlila Maidan last year and said it was a "glaring example of trust
deficit" between the people and the government.

A bench of justice BS Chauhan and justice Swatanter Kumar said that
incident showed might of the state which struck at the foundation of

The bench further observed that the police and the state could have
avoided that tragic incident in which one person died and several others
were injured.

"It is a glaring example of trust deficit between the people governing and
the people being governed," the bench said, adding that police action is
meant to bring peace but they breached peace themselves.

The apex court blamed both Ramdev and the Delhi Police for the midnight
crackdown at Ramlila Maidan last year and directed criminal prosecution of
police personnel and Ramdev's supporters who had behaved violently during
the incident.

The bench, however, said that the cops had assaulted sleeping victims and
the police and the state could have avoided the violent incident.

There was abuse of power by the Delhi Police and fundamental rights of
people were violated, the bench said.

The court awarded a compensation of Rs five lakh for the family members of
Raj Bala, who had died in the incident.

The bench also awarded a compensation of Rs 50,000 for those who suffered
grievous injuries in the incident and Rs 25,000 for those with simple

The apex court had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports showing
brutality of police action against the sleeping followers of Ramdev,
including women and children at Ramlila Maidan on the midnight of June 4-5
last year during his anti-corruption agitation.

The bench had reserved the verdict on January 20. Ramdev had alleged that
the police action was carried out on the instructions of their political
masters and demanded action against all people who had directed the

Ramdev was agitating along with his followers against corruption and
demanding that the UPA government must make sincere efforts to bring back
black money illegally parked in foreign bank accounts by tax evaders.

The Delhi Police, however, claimed Ramdev had instigated his followers to
indulge in violence, forcing the police to act at that time of the night.

What Supreme Court had to say:
    * Ramlila Ground
lathicharge wrong.
    * Some policemen acted responsibly, others
were violent.
    * Three months given to act against guilty cops.
* Ramdev guilty of gross negligence.
    * Rs 5 lakh compensation
to Rajbala's family; 25 per cent to be given by Ramdev.
    * No
indictment of Chidamabaram or Home Ministry.

Speaking exclusively to STAR News, Rajbala's family said they were
unhappy with the verdict and did not hold Baba Ramdev responsible for the

- with PTI inputs

pulls up Delhi Police
 | The events as they happened
at Ramlila Maidan

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