The Delhi Police on Monday appreciated Anna Hazare's democratic way of protest and criticised Ramdev for failing to comply with the rule of law.
Defending its action on Ramdev's supporters at Ramlila Ground, police told the Supreme Court that the yoga guru had provoked people against
In an oblique reference to the Gandhian, Delhi Police counsel and senior advocate Harish Salve said:"One leader went to jail, 20,000 people followed him and were outside. Still public order was not disturbed."
The senior counsel also said, the decision to send police at the site was not a quasi-judicial decision but an administrative one, also warranting political interference.
"We know what happened in Ayodhya. It was a failure of public order, which was a fall-out of political movement," he contended.
Salve said the constitutional right permitting a person to protest was subject to public order. The counsel further submitted that the Delhi Police's decision to invoke Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) at the Ramlila
Ground on the intervening night of June 4-5 was taken after deliberations lasting throughout the fateful day.
The police, it was stated, had made four attempts to persuade the yoga guru to accompany senior police officers, on the basis of intelligence inputs that there was threat to his life, but he refused to relent.
"It was only at 10.30 pm that permission (to use the venue), was cancelled and Section 144 was invoked. Also, tear gas shells were not used in an enclosed space. The space was open as the sky was easily visible from the front side of the stage. Shells were fired on the people who were doing brick-batting on police," Salve said.
Further, in a lighter vein, the Delhi Police submitted that they had unearthed an unusual escape route that Ramdev had escaped through as the ground descended in chaos.
"A tunnel, to be used as a contingency escape route and constructed in the air conditioned kutia where Ramdev was staying, was accidentally discovered after a senior police officer fell through it," it was stated.
Meanwhile, the court granted permission for the filing of the affidavit of GK Pillai, former Union home Secretary on Monday.
The said affidavit had been mentioned by the Additional Solicitor General of India, PP Malhotra along with Vikas Garg, counsel for MHA in the Ramdev matter.