Baba Ramdev
Baba Ramdev
New Delhi: In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Thursday blamed Baba Ramdev and the Delhi Police for midnight crackdown on yoga guru’s followers at the Ramlila Maidan on June 4-5 last year during his anti-corruption agitation.

A Bench of Justice B. S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said that the incident showed might of the State which struck at the foundation of the democracy.

The Bench further observed that the police and the State could have avoided the tragic incident in which one person was killed and several others were injured.

The Bench also blamed Baba Ramdev for contributory negligence stating that he did not advise his followers to leave the Ramlila grounds once the order granting permission was withdrawn.

The Supreme Court also directed the Delhi government and the Delhi Police Commissioner to register a case against officers who caused injury, and those who used lathicharge and tear gas in the crackdown.

The court further asked the authorities to give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of Rajbala, the woman who died due to the injury suffered in the police crackdown.

Besides, the court also ordered a compensation of Rs 50,000 for those who sustained serious injuries and Rs 35,000 for those with minor injuries during the incident.

Importantly, the apex court asked the yoga guru to share 25% of the total compensation to be given to the victims.

The court has also ordered the police commissioner to take necessary steps against the officials who are responsible gor the incident irrespective of their stature.

The incident had occured when Ramdev was agitating along with his followers against corruption. Delhi Police, however, claimed Ramdev had instigated his followers to indulge in violence, forcing the police to act at that time of the night.