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Ramdev can’t be tried at different places for one speech, says SC

Supreme Court on Monday said that Yoga guru Ramdev cannot be tried at different places in the country for his alleged controversial "honeymoon" remarks targeting Rahul Gandhi over visiting homes of Dalits.

"If he (Ramdev) is wrong then he should be punished but simultaneously, he cannot not be prosecuted at 20 different places," a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri said.

The court's observation came when a lawyer submitted that persons, who got offended from the statement, have a legal right to file cases and the trials against the yoga guru cannot be stayed.
"We have understood your anxiety. You have a right but he (Ramdev) also has got a right," the bench said, adding that the cases pertain to one speech.

Meanwhile, it said that all matters on the matter be tagged and asked his counsel Keshav Mohan to file separate petitions for seeking transfer of complaints filed against him in various trial courts.
The court, had on May 9 last year, stayed all proceedings against Ramdev in different parts of the country for his alleged controversial remarks.

It had issued notices to police in all states which have registered cases against Ramdev.
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