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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Anna Hazare refuses to come out of jail!

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CNN-IBN / Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 09:50pm IST.

New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare refused to come out of jail on Tuesday, saying that he fears he will be arrested again. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, finding itself increasingly isolated over the arrest and judicial custody of Anna Hazare and his supporters, seemed to be blinking as they decided to release Hazare and seven of his supporters, who were arrested and sent to seven days in judicial custody on Tuesday.

Tihar Jail sources said that though his release orders were ready, Hazare refused to leave Tihar Jail until the government gives him permission to fast at the Jai Prakash Narain Park.

Delhi Police had sent a warrant to Tihar Jail for the release of Hazare and his supporters after withdrawing bail bond conditions, which Hazare had earlier refused to sign. Over 1,500 people who have been detained for taking part in protests demanding Hazare's release are also likely to be released.

Congress Sources say that the Government decided to release Hazare and his supporters after coming to the conclusion that keeping him in jail would create unnecessary law and order problem. The decision to release Hazare was taken after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday evening where Rahul disapproved of the arrest.
Earlier, Hazare supporters Kiran Bedi and Shanti Bhushan were released by the Delhi Police on Tuesday evening.

Hazare and some of his supporters were arrested on Tuesday morning just a few hours before he was to launch his fast for a strong anti-corruption legislation.

Hazare was first detained and then arrested with the Government claiming that there was an apprehension of "breach of peace" if he was allowed to undertake his fast demanding that Team Anna's version of the anti-corruption legislation called the Jan Lokpal Bill be introduced in Parliament.

Hazare and seven of his supporters were later sent to seven days in judicial custody and taken to Tihar Jail after he refused to sign a bond undertaking not to violate Section 144 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

Manish Sisodia, Arvind Kejriwal, Darshak, Radheshyam, Suresh Pathare, Naveen Jaisingh and Dada Phatare were the other Hazare supporters who have been sent to judicial custody. However, former Indian Police Service Officer Kiran Bedi and senior lawyer Shanti Bhushan were released after being kept in preventive detention for several hours.

Hazare and Sisodia have been kept in Jail No. 4 of Tihar Jail where Congress MP and Commonwealth Games scam accused Suresh Kalmadi is also lodged. Kejriwal and others have been sent to Jail No. 1 where DMK leader and former telecom minister A Raja, who is accused of being involved in the 2G spectrum scam, lodged.

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