NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed all fresh criminal proceedings initiated against Yoga guru Ramdev in different parts of the country in connection with his controversial honeymoon remarks over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Dalit homes.
“Our earlier interim order (of May 9 ) shall continue in other matters also,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice of India(CJI) H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri said.
During the hearing, Ramdev’s counsel Keshav Mohan said around 11 more complaints have been filed in different parts of the country in connection with the case and sought a directive to restrain any coercive action against the Yoga guru and for clubbing all FIRs lodged against him over the controversial honeymoon remark.
Earlier, the apex court had asked Ramdev to file separate pleas to seek clubbing and transfer of criminal complaints to a particular place in the country. It also said the Yoga guru could not be tried at different places in the country for a controversial remark. “If he is wrong, he should be punished. But, he cannot be prosecuted at 20 different places,” the Bench said.
Ramdev’s plea said complaints and FIRs arising out of his alleged comments at a news conference on April 25 be clubbed together and dealt in Lucknow or any place of the apex court’s choice. The petitioner had also pleaded that the courts and police should be restrained from taking any coercive action against him in pursuance of the FIRs lodged against him in different parts of the country.
The first FIR was lodged at Mahanagar police station under Section of 171(g) of the IPC for his remarks.