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Delhi police impose Section 144 at Jai Prakash Narain park

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Delhi government on Monday night has decided to allow use of Chhatrasal Stadium in Model Town in North Delhi for keeping the supporters of Anna Hazare in the event of their arrest.

“We have decided that people of Anna Hazare team and his followers will be kept in the Chhatrasal stadium in case they are arrested,” Delhi Home Secretary Arvind Ray told PTI. The stadium belongs to the Delhi Government.

Delhi Chief Secretary P K Tripathi held a meeting with top officials this evening to deal with the situation that may arise following team Anna’s arrest if they go ahead with the protest despite Delhi police refusal of permission to the Gandhian to hold his fast at Jai Prakash Narayan Park.

Ray said Delhi government received a communication from the Delhi police to deploy magistrates along with police to tackle any untoward incident. He said the Delhi Law Secretary has already taken up the issue with judges of Delhi high Court in this regard.

“The magistrates will be deployed by the High Court and that is why the Law Secretary has taken up the issue with the High Court”, Ray added.

Delhi Police has also sought the services of two magistrates ahead of the protest by Team Anna which stuck to its stand of going ahead with their fast against corruption despite denial of permission for the agitation.

The Delhi police has also imposed prohibitory orders at several places in central Delhi in view of Anna’s Hazare indefinite fast starting on Tuesday. The prohibitory orders include JP Park, Rajghat, Dilli Gate. Anna Hazare and his team are expected to start their march from 7:30 am from Anna’s residence at Supreme Enclave, Gate 2, Mayur Vihar-1.

Sources said the prohibitory orders are likely to be clamped soon around the park near Ferozshah Kotla stadium to ensure that no untoward incident happens. They said the Delhi Police will also be deploying a large number of women personnel around the park. Delhi Police is deploying a large contingent, including women personnel, around Jai Prakash Narain Park where Anna Hazare and his supporters propose to court arrest.

Meanwhile, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who along with his supporters faced a police crackdown during their agitation at Ramlila Maidan, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking him to exercise “self restraint” and ensure that similar action was not taken against Anna Hazare and his team.

Earlier the government justified  the Delhi Police rejecting permission for Anna Hazare’s planned fast, saying a major gathering cannot be allowed in present day circumstances if it is “uncontrolled”. Earlier Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had affirmed his commitment to rooting out corruption but said there was no magic wand to do so. He decried hunger strikes saying, they were not the correct means by which achieve the objective.

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Congress nervous over Hazare’s fast: Team Anna

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Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday faced fresh attack with Congress saying he should first clarify “serious” findings against him of a Commission that probed graft charges while Government said his move was “undemocratic” and “unacceptable“.

Hitting out at the Gandhian who has planned to go on an indefinite fast in Delhi from Tuesday, Government also said the right to protest does not mean right to protest at the place of your choice.

The Government rejected the contention by the social activist that it was crushing his Constitutional rights by not allowing his protest at a desired venue and said the demand itself was unconstitutional and the protest at this time was an “affront” to Parliament.

“The right to protest does not mean right to protest at your choice. There is no right to protest at place of your choice and convenience,” Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Addressing a news conference in Delhi,Mr. Sibal and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni slammed Mr. Hazare for his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday, saying the language used in the letter is not Gandhian from any point of view.

Claiming that the “moral core” of Mr. Hazare has been “ripped apart” by the Justice P B Sawant Commission, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said, “The fast from August 16 has nothing to do with either the issue of corruption or the Lokpal bill.”

The Commission had probed corruption charges levelled by Hazare in 2003 against four ministers in the then Maharashtra government.

“The fast from August 16 has nothing to do with either the issue of corruption or the Lokpal bill. If that was the case Hazare would have first clarified the grave charges.

What is his clarification about the serious findings…The nation wants to know,” Tewari said, adding, “I think Hazare and his associates will need to answer conclusions of Sawant Commission.”

“Challenging Parliament”

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the social activist was challenging the constitutional authority of Parliament and asserted there is no third authority to make law.

He trained his guns on Mr. Hazare saying nobody can compel that it has to draft the law as per his desire.

“It is for Parliament to decide. What Anna Hazare is doing, he is challenging the constitutional authority of Parliament, which is not acceptable,” Mukherjee told reporters in Kolkata.

“So far the Constitution is concerned, it is not given to any individual. So far the laws made under List I of the Constitution, Parliament and Parliament alone is the competent authority to make law. So far the List II and concurrent list of the Constitution are concerned, it is the state assembly who are to make the law, there is no third authority to make law,” he said.

Asking if Anna can give a “guarantee” in writing that one instrument like Lokpal will end corruption, Soni said,” “people are being misled that corruption is out as soon as Lokpal is in.”

Reacting to Mr. Hazare’s allegation that the government was putting impediments in his proposed fast, Mr. Sibal said, “the right to protest does not mean right to protest at a place of your choince. There is no right to protest at place of your choice and convenience.”

He also cited judgements of the Supreme Court and the Delhi High court to support his stand.

“The protest is thoroughly unconstitutional…It is an affront to Parliament” he said questioning the purpose of the fast and alleging that there are some “other powers” behind all this and it has a different purpose.

Accusing Mr. Hazare of attempting to bring instability in the country, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari was also critical of Mr. Hazare for the tone and tenor of his letter to the Prime Minister and accused him of crossing all limits of decency and decorum.

Full Text: PM’s reply to Anna Hazare’s letter

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written back to Anna Hazare after the activist wrote to the PM expressing his unhappiness over the conditional permission given by the Delhi Police for his August 16 fast over Lokpal Bill. In his letter, Dr Singh has asked Mr Hazare to approach the statutory authorities.

Here’s the full text of the PM’s letter:

I have received your letter, carrying the date 14th August, 2011 and carefully read its contents.

Your grievance that the police has given you permission to protest and go on fast at JP Park only for three days needs to be addressed by the statutory authorities who have taken that decision. My Office does not in any way get involved in the decision making process. The terms and conditions on which you are entitled to carry on with your protest are decided by the statutory authorities concerned taking into account the prevailing circumstances and other relevant factors.

I would request you to address your grievances to the statutory authorities concerned.We are all committed to the Constitution of India and to uphold it both in letter and spirit.

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August 14, 2011 at 1:13 am