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Apex court stays proceedings against Ramdev

FIRs have been lodged against Ramdev for his controversial statement about the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

ramdev-main FIRs have been lodged against Ramdev for his controversial statement about the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

In a reprieve for the yoga guru, the Supreme Court Friday stayed all coercive proceedings against Baba Ramdev in different parts of the country for his controversial “honeymoon” remarks targeting Rahul Gandhi over visiting homes of Dalits.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha also issued notices to the police departments in all states where FIRs have been lodged against Ramdev over his controversial utterances.

While clarifying it was not making any opinion on the merits of the case at this stage, the bench also asked Ramdev to deposit Rs 10 lakh in the court registry to bear the cost of transfer of all case records to one place.

Ramdev had filed a petition seeking to restrain all coercive actions against him and for clubbing all FIRs lodged in different parts of the country for his remark.

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Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi had submitted that complaints and FIRs arising out of comments made on April 25 at Ramdev’s press conference be clubbed and be dealt in Lucknow or any place of the choice of the apex court.

FIRs have been lodged against Ramdev for his controversial statement about the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Ramdev’s statement that Rahul goes to Dalit homes for “picnics and honeymoon” had kicked up a controversy, followed by protests and registration of FIRs across the country.

First published on: 10-05-2014 at 01:21:50 am
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