A court in New Delhi has sent a veteran anti-corruption activist to jail for seven days after police detained him and about 1,300 of his supporters.
The court sent 72-year-old Anna Hazare and seven other activists to jail for seven days because they would not sign bail bonds, said Rajan Bhagat, a police spokesman in New Delhi.
Investigators detained Hazare in advance of a hunger strike. They said he lacked official permission for a planned demonstration. His supporters who were detained planned to join him at a protest site where he was to have begun his hunger strike.
Authorities detained the 1,300 would-be demonstrators as a preventative measure, Bhagat said. They were later freed, he said.
Hazare conducted a five day hunger strike in April at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar landmark, ending it only after India's prime minister agreed to introduce long-pending legislation meant to crack down on graft.
Anti-corruption campaigners have rejected legislation prepared by the federal government to create a citizen ombudsman, saying the bill, now in Parliament, was too weak to tackle endemic graft in the system.
Led by Hazare, they have been demanding a stronger institution that they say should be capable of tackling corruption Indians encounter in their daily lives.FULL STORY