The Supreme Court will hear today a public interest litigation seeking a directive to the Centre and the Delhi Police to issue a White paper on the alleged police action in the ‘Baba Ramdev eviction incident’ on the night of June4/5 and also the sequence of events.
In his writ petition, advocate Ajay Agrawal wanted a direction to be issued to the Centre to restrain its ministers from making any statements justifying the uncalled-for police action; and to punish those who are involved after making a thorough study.
The petition said that the attack on the innocent people who were asleep is nothing but a gross violation of their fundamental rights. It also stated that the crackdown by police upon Baba Ramdev and his supporters took place when nothing untoward had happened.
It said that on June 1, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee led three other senior Ministerial colleagues to meet Baba Ramdev at the airport, apparently eager to strike a deal to avert his hunger strike at the Ramlila Maidan from June 4.
Pointing that the people were entitled to know the so-called secret talks held by the ministers with Baba Ramdev, he wanted a direction that these talks be produced by the respondents, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home Minister P. Chidambaram and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.