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Rejecting the government's offer, noted lawyer and member of the Lokpal joint drafting committee Prashant Bhushan said, "Mr Hazare will continue to sit in the jail unless he is allowed to sit on a fast unconditionally at JP Park or some other place"

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said social activist Anna Hazare was free to go wherever he wants to and that Delhi Police will take a decision on whether he will be allowed to hold protest at JP Park here, reports PTI.

Home secretary RK Singh said since Mr Hazare has been released he is free to go wherever he wants to.

"He is in the office of the DIG, Tihar Jail. He rested at night and he and his supporters have been given a hall... I am quite sure that Delhi Police officers have been talking to him," he told reporters.

"He has been released. He can go wherever he wants, he is free and officers from Delhi Police will be asking him where he wants to go," Mr Singh said.

On Anna's demand to protest at JP Park, the home secretary said the Delhi Police will take a call on the issue.

The 73-year-old Gandhian, who was ordered to be released Tuesday after being remanded in seven-day judicial custody, spent the night in the administrative block of the jail along with his associate Arvind Kejriwal.

Mr Hazare was offered released last night after the Delhi Police issued warrants of release for him and seven of his associates, almost 13 hours after they were detained.

However, Mr Hazare made it clear that he would come out of the prison only if he is given permission to stage the indefinite fast at the Jai Prakash Narain Park, the original planned venue for the hunger strike.

Meanwhile, noted lawyer and member of the Lokpal joint drafting committee Prashant Bhushan said, "Mr Hazare will continue to sit in the jail unless he is allowed to sit on a fast unconditionally at JP Park or some other place. Thereafter, we are ready for any discussion with the government. But before that it is not possible."

Noting that the issue has now 'assumed serious propositions,' he said, "Before moving the Supreme Court, we have to discuss the issue with Hazare."

Mr Bhushan also demanded that the Delhi Police provide proper food and water to all those detained and kept at Chhatrasal Stadium here.

He said a number of protest marches will be held across the country today.

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