Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel and three leaders of BJP’s youth wing were today granted bail by a Delhi court in a case pertaining to violation of prohibitory orders while leading a protest in 2013 at the residence of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain granted bail to Goel and the three Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leaders on furnishing personal bond of Rs 5,000 and one surety of like amount each.
The court also framed charges against all the four accused of violation of section 144 (prohibitory orders) of CrPC and posted the matter for further hearing on August 1.
Goel, now BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, and the BJYM leaders Jai Prakash, Gaurav Khari and Aadesh Kumar Gupta were present in the court room, following the summon orders issued earlier in the case.
On May 19, 2013, BJP youth wing workers led by the then party’s Delhi unit president Goel had courted arrest while protesting at the residence of Hooda demanding release of Delhi’s share of water allegedly held back by the state.
Goel and the BJYM leaders were later taken to Parliament Street police station and case was lodged against them for violating prohibitory orders.
While addressing supporters at Hooda’s residence, Goel had alleged that every year water crisis hits Delhi in its worst possible form during summers and the government has never been ready with any water management plan.
Goel had then claimed that the poor water supply in Delhi was benefiting the tanker mafia which has become a multi- million rupees industry in the last 15 years.
Strongly backing Baba Ramdev’s “peaceful” agitation against corruption, Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal today assured the yoga guru of “full security” if he decides to continue his protest in the state.
“If he (Ramdev) wants to continue his agitation and protest in Uttarakhand, then he has full freedom to do it,” Pokhriyal said, hours after Delhi Police disrupted the fast at Ramlila Maidan.
“What was wrong with Baba’s peaceful agitation? Why did the government get scared? If Baba comes to Uttarakhand, we will give him full security.”
Since there is a danger to Ramdev’s life, the Uttarakhand Government will provide full security to him.
“Our government has always been against corruption,” he said.
Activists and the public gathered outside Mumbai’s busy Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Friday to protest a Chhattisgarh court’s verdict sentencing rights campaigner Binayak Sen to life imprisonment for sedition and links with Maoists.
‘It’s a tragic day for our country,’ said documentary-filmmaker Anand Patwardhan who was part of the demonstration.
They protestors raised slogans like ‘Down with Chhattisgarh government’ and carried placards that read ‘Thieves are set free. The honest go to jail. Helper of the poor Dr. Binayak Sen gets life sentence. Is this justice?’
Terming the Chhattisgarh court’s verdict ‘revenge of the police for exposing their injustice’, Anand said: ‘This is how the nation has awarded a selfless doctor. If standing up non-violently for the most deprived people of the country leads the government to label him a Naxalite and put him in jail, if that is the nature of the state, I think more people will start waging wars.’
Criticising the evidence presented in court against Binayak Sen, a leaflet distributed by the organisers of the demonstration read: ‘Such evidence in any court would be laughable. But in a state like Chhattisgarh, the police are the people who hold the power to decide who remains inside the jail and who remain outside. Anyone who opposes the Government’s pro-rich policies is considered an enemy and put away.’
‘It is a complete travesty of justice. It is the government’s attempt to scare people from speaking out against atrocities,’ Patwardhan said.
Not even an hour into the demonstrations, police came and threatened to arrest the activists after which the protestors dispersed.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday held rallies across Karnataka demanding early presidential nod to a bill banning cow slaughter in the state.
The bill, passed by both the houses of the state legislature, has been sent by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to President Pratibha Patil for a decision as the Congress, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and several organizations, particularly Dalit bodies, have opposed the move.
Former BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu, South Bangalore Lok Sabha member H.N. Ananth Kumar and state BJP chief K.S. Eshwarappa led the rally in Bangalore.
Naidu, a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, flayed the governor for not giving assent to the bill and forwarding it to the president.
He said the delay in the nod for the bill was because of Congress “playing vote bank politics to appease the minorities”.
Eshwarappa and Ananth Kumar also criticized the governor for not giving assent to the bill.
They said the BJP campaign for early presidential assent will continue.
The party organised rallies and public meetings in all the 30 districts of the state.
The Congress, the JD-S, several Dalit organizations and several writers, including Jananpith award winner U.R. Anantha Murthy, have opposed the bill saying it was an attack on the food habits of a section of people.
Delegations of the Congress and the JD-S have met Patil in New Delhi and urged her not to okay the bill.