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Cops’ midnight crackdown on Ramdev unjustified: SC

There was no threat perception justifying Delhi Police’s midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters camping at Ramlila Maidan against black money, the Supreme Court was informed on Monday.

delhi Updated: Aug 30, 2011 00:32 IST
HT Correspondent

There was no threat perception justifying Delhi Police’s midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters camping at Ramlila Maidan against black money, the Supreme Court was informed on Monday.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, assisting the court as amicus curiae (court’s friend), came to this conclusion after analysing the police log records (details of wireless messages).

“One crucial question is where did the order (to crackdown) come from? The city police commissioner or any other higher authority?” Dhawan told a bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan. Dhawan castigated the police of perpetrating violence on innocent people during the crackdown.

He quoted extensively from police wireless logs of June 5 — the night when Ramdev and his supporters were evicted from the Maidan on the ground that there was a threat perception. Dhawan called the Delhi Police’s affidavit defending the crackdown as lax and disappointing. According to him the affidavit did not reveal the entire truth.

After an hour long hearing, the bench adjourned the matter to September 30 and directed Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Trust to file an affidavit in support of its allegations that Delhi Police had “doctored” with the CDs and video clippings relating to the crackdown.