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Govt’s attitude “Unfair and Unfortunate” : SC

In New Delhi on October 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

Terming government’s attitude as “unfair and unfortunate,” the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Delhi police to furnish the postmortem and medical reports to the family of Raj Bala who died of injuries during police action on Yoga guru Ramdev’s protest at Ramlila Grounds.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar passed the direction after counsel Kumud L Das counsel for Raj Bala’ s family told the court that the family was running from pillar to post for obtaining the post mortem and medical reports but Delhi police were not cooperating.

“It is very unfair and unfortunate on your part. You give the postmortem and medical reports to the family,” the bench told Delhi police and government counsel present.

The apex court also asked Delhi police to respond to the affidavit by Raj Bala’s son Anil Malik who claimed his mother had suffered serious injuries in the police lathicharge and died as a result of it.

“Because of her severe injury caused by the police personnel, she was taken to the emergency ward of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, Delhi, and was admitted there.

“My mother told me that when she was on the stage of Ramlila Maidan with Swami Ramdev, police had beaten people who were on the stage, including her, with lathis and slaps, because of which she fell on the stage and became unconscious.

“I further submit that I and my family members present with me saw the injuries caused by lathis on her waist and feet and we got her X-Ray and C.T. Scan done,”the affidavit stated.

The bench later posted the matter for further hearing to October 17.

The apex court had on June 6 taken suo motu cognisance of the police action and asked the Centre and Delhi Police to explain why it resorted to such an action in the middle of the night against the yoga guru and his followers.

Delhi Police, in its affidavit on the pre-dawn swoop at Ramlila Maidan, denied the allegation that it had used force to evict the yoga guru and his supporters from the site and claimed teargas shells were fired only after Ramdev’s supporters turned violent and pelted stones on the police.

Justifying its action, police had said the authorities granted permission to Ramdev to use the ground only to hold a yoga camp and not for any other purpose.

via Give Raj Bala`s autopsy report to family: SC.

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