Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:15:00 GMT | By PTI

UP CM should apologise for arresting VHP leaders: Swamy

The UP government says that all those arrested will be put in judicial custody for next 14 days and not be released as of now


UP CM should apologise was arresting VHP leaders: Swamy (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Describing the detention of VHP leader Ashok Singhal as "brazenly illegal and unlawful", BJP leader Subramanian Swamy demanded that he be released immediately and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tender an apology for this act.

"The detention of Ashok Singhal, one of the most renowned VHP leaders, by the UP government is brazenly illegal and unlawful step and a gross violation of Article 19 of the Constitution," Swamy said in a statement.

He maintained that Singhal was engaged in a peaceful demonstration for the acceptance of a "widely popular demand of building a Ram temple by negotiated settlement".

Swamy, who had merged his Janata Party into the BJP on August 11, said for this purpose SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was asked to mediate on this issue.

"So under what law can the Chief Minister order this illegal detention? I demand the immediate release of Singhal and an apology from Akhilesh Yadav," he said.

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