New Delhi: On Tuesday, Anna Hazare had refused government’s release order and rejected to come out of Tihar Jail till he was given permission to fast in the J P Park, his close aide Manish Sisodia told to the reporters. Sisodia also said that Hazare is continuing his fast in jail.
Hazare was taken into custody on Tuesday morning from a residential area in east Delhi after he decilined to admit conditions set by the Delhi Police for his fast to press for his team’s version of the lokpal bill.
A special executive magistrate remanded him to 7 days’ judicial custody and Hazare was stuck in Tihar jail although released after 12 hours at night.
The government’s reasoning was that the right to protest is subject to rational restrictions and that Hazare’s demand for acceptance of his version of lokpal was ahead of constitutional parameters.
A highly placed Congress functionary explained to HT that “We never expected that the custody will be for such a long duration. That will not serve any purpose. Secondly, we want Parliament to function.”
According to the sources of the Delhi Police, they were instructed in the evening to inform the Tihar Jail authorities to prepare for Hazare’s release, after it was decided to waive the bail bond conditions for the release.