Apex Court to Examine Anna Hazare’s Preventive Custody on Aug 16

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to examine whether the government violated fundamental right of a citizen by taking Anna Hazare into preventive custody on August 16, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan, however, declined to issue notice to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for the incident.

The apex court passed the direction while posting to September 2 the writ petition filed by J&K Panthers Party chief Professor Bhim Singh.

The apex court sought to clarify that it would go into the larger issue as to whether a citizen’s fundamental right is violated and was not confining it to Hazare.

The bench asked Singh as to whether he obtained the consent of Hazare before filing the petition.

“Tomorrow he (Hazare) may ask as to why you are interfering with my protest,” the bench remarked.

The apex court further clarified that it had laid down the law relating to preventive detention under section 107/151 of CrPC.

The writ petition was filed by Singh challenging the detention and arrest of Hazare on August 16 hours before he was to launch his fast against corruption.

Singh, in his petition, had sought notices to Chidambaram and Sibal besides the Union Home Secretary and the Delhi Police Commissioner.

In his petition, Singh has alleged that the Centre and Delhi Police had “acted in a malafide manner” to arrest and detain Hazare and stifling his fundamental right to free speech and liberty guaranteed under Articles 19, 21 and 22.

He has accused the police of invoking CrPC provisions of 107/151 to detain Hazare for merely espousing the cause of a strong Jan Lokpal Bill and weeding out corruption from the country.

He urged the court to declare Hazare’s detention as “unconstitutional” and “violative of his fundamental rights” guaranteed under the relevant provisions of the Constitution.

Singh, who had filed the petition at the time of Hazare’s August 16 arrest, had also sought physical production of the Gandhian through the habeas corpus (production) plea.

But since Hazare was released by the Government subsequently, the plea for his production has now become infructous.



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