Press Statements

Press statement on Anna Hazare by Justice Sachar and Kuldip Nayar

Kuldip Nayar, President, Citizens for Democracy and Rajindar Sachar, Former President, Peoples Union for Civil Liberties has issued the following statement:

New Delhi (16 August 2011): The arrest of Anna Hazare and his companions is completely unconstitutional and undemocratic. The right to peaceful protest and demonstration is a fundamental right guaranteed by our Constitution. Government’s action is a blatant provocation to the people and thereby to find excuse to resort to even more anti people policies. It is not disputed that the necessity for Lokpal institution is universal, including the Government.   There may be and are some serious different views on the various clauses of the Act.   If in spite of this, unanimously the Government has taken to this undemocratic steps, it discloses the ugly face of the Government and is against the Citizens’ right to enjoy their fundamental rights. All people irrespective of their party affiliations and political groupings must register their strong protest at this action of the Government.

The lame excuse of Central Government to hide behind the skirts of local police is a shameful act.  The conditions by police to limit audience to 5000 is unheard of when public meetings are held.  Congress has been holding its protest in U.P. violative of Section 144 Cr. P.C. orders of State Government and even issuing statements of rape and murder (which are found to be untrue) by the top leadership of congress party.  If that is permissible in U.P. how does it become illegal in Delhi – such double faced policies by the Governments are fatal for demoractic rights.

We call upon the Government to release Anna Hazare and others and permit every one to hold meetings and peaceful protest, which are basic rights in a democracy and must be trusted at all costs.

We are convening a meeting of various groups who are also participating in various people’s movements to come together at once and formulate a programme for joint action against the unconstitutional steps of the government, targeting various people’s movements.

Issued by PUCL National Office
270-A, Ground Floor, Patpar Ganj, Mayur Vihar-I, Delhi-110091
Ph. 011-22750014, 09810656100
www.pucl.org

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