Yoga guru Baba Ramdev speaks to journalists as he continues his protest hunger strike at his ashram, or spiritual headquarters, in Haridwar, June 5, 2011. Police fired tear gas early Sunday to break up a hunger strike by the charismatic yoga guru demanding an end to endemic corruption, forcibly removing him and thousands of his followers. Authorities flew Ramdev from New Delhi back to his hometown after detaining him earlier in the day.(AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
The Supreme Court has issued notice to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government to explain the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Delhi's Ramlila Ground on the intervening night of June4-5. Taking suo motu cognisance of the police action at Ramlila Ground the court issued notice to Union Home Secretary GK Pillai, Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta, Delhi Chief Secretary PK Tripathi and Delhi administration. Ramdev moved his protest to his ashram in Haridwar after UP CM Mayawati refused him permission to hold demonstrations in Noida.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev sleeps on a stage as he continues his protest hunger strike at his ashram, or spiritual headquarters, in Haridwar, June 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
Leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party, from left to right, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Lal Krishna Advani, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh attend a sit-in protest against the police action against yoga guru Ramdev's hunger strike in New Delhi, June 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party, Lal Krishna Advani, left, and Nitin Gadkari, attend a sit-in protest against the police action against yoga guru Baba Ramdev's hunger strike in New Delhi, June 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Supporters of Ramdev shout slogans as they protest government action against him in Mumbai, June 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Yoga guru Swami Ramdev speaks during a news conference in Haridwar June 5, 2011. Police swooped early on Sunday on India's most famous yoga guru, detaining him briefly and using teargas to disperse his supporters and evict them from a huge tent in the capital where they were on a mass fast against corruption. The saffron-robed Ramdev, who rose from an illiterate family to host a television show with 30 million viewers and owns a "peace" island in Scotland, began his fast on Saturday in a tent the size of four football pitches in the heart of the capital with tens of thousands of supporters. REUTERS/Stringer