Union home minister says Anna Hazare and his team members could have challenged the conditions imposed by the police on their protest in a court
New Delhi: The government has defended the detention of Anna Hazare, saying that the Delhi police had taken the leader of the anti-corruption movement into custody after they came to the conclusion that he and his supporters intended to defy prohibitory orders which would amount to a cognisable offence.
"Police met Anna Hazare this morning and he told them that he intended to defy the prohibitory orders. At that time, police came to a conclusion that he would commit a cognisable offence. They invoked article 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code which calls for preventive measures," Union home minister P Chidambaram told a news conference today.
Mr Chidambaram said that after being taken into custody, Mr Hazare (73) was taken to the Police Officers Mess in Civil Lines and that he would be produced before a magistrate.
The minister said that about 1,200-1,300 people had been detained across the national capital. Six members of Anna Hazare's team were also detained.
Mr Chidambaram said that if Mr Hazare and his supporters were not happy with the conditions imposed by the Delhi police on their planned protest they could have challenged it in a court of law. "They were free to go to court then and they are free to go to court even now," the minister said.
The minister ridiculed Mr Hazare's contention that their draft Jan Lokpal Bill should be considered, saying, "Laws cannot be made by social activists in a maidan."
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