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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Plea against Hazare: Court asks what offence has he committed

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court hearing a plea for lodging a criminal case against Anna Hazare and his associates for allegedly instigating people against the government during their anti-graft campaign today sought to know from the complainant as to what offence was committed by them.

Unimpressed by Haryana native Satbir Singh's plea for registration of a First Information Report against Hazare, Metropolitan Magistrate Tyagita Singh asked him to first explain as to what criminal offence had been committed by them.

Agreeing with the Delhi police argument that complainant had no case whatsoever, the court remarked, "No personal vendetta is required for bringing criminal law into force."

On complainant Singh's repeated accusation that Hazare's provocative speeches led youths to participate in his anti-graft hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan and resulted in the death of a young protester, the court said the supporters had come to join the campaign on their own.

Singh, in his complaint, had alleged that 21-year-old Sandeep had participated in Hazare's hunger strike and died of pneumonia, holding Team Anna responsible for it.

He has also accused Hazare of instigating people across the country to lay a siege of the houses of Members of Parliament and ministers to press their demands.

The police, in its reply, filed earlier before the court, had said no case is made out against Hazare and his team.


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