The apex court had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports purportedly showing brutality of police action against the sleeping followers of Ramdev, including women and children. A woman later died due to the injury suffered in the police crackdown.
A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar had reserved the verdict on January 20. Ramdev had alleged the police action was carried out on the instructions of their political masters and demanded action against all people who had directed the mid-night crack down.
Ramdev was agitating along with his followers against corruption and demanding that the UPA government must make sincere efforts to bring back black money illegally parked in secret foreign bank accounts by tax evaders.
Delhi Police, however, claimed Ramdev had instigated his followers to indulge in violence, forcing the police to act at that time of the night.