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SC Seeks Ramdev Trust's Affidavit On Cops' 'Doctored' CDs

PTI 29 Aug 2011, 21:19:01 IST

New Delhi, Aug 29: The Supreme Court today asked yoga guru Ramdev-run Bharat Swabhiman Trust to file its affidavit on the allegation that Delhi Police had “doctored and “tampered” with the CDs and video clippings relating to the July 4 midnight crackdown on the protest by Ramdev at the Ramlila Grounds.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar passed the direction while expressing the view that “there seems to be some contradictions” on the photographs appearing in the print media and the video clippings before it on the protest relating to the black money row.

The apex court said while the reports in the print media indicated that the protesters were beaten up, the video clippings did not indicate so.

The bench asked senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the Delhi police, to file its reply on the Trust's allegation even as amicus curiae Rajeev Dhawan told the court that the authorities “were less than being candid” on the July 4 midnight incident.

Salve, while denying the allegation, assured the court that necessary reply and written submissions would be placed before the bench on the issue.

Dhawan, a senior counsel, said the Delhi Police had failed to answer “one crucial question: where did the order (to crackdown) come from? The City police Commissioner or some one higher up?” PTI