August 16th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Anti-corruption activist jailed in India

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.

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  1. michaelfury

    Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.

    – Mahatma Gandhi

    August 16, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. George Patton

    This Anna Hazare and his followers need to join forces with the Maoists in other parts of India since they have the very same goal, that is, to fight corruption in India's government! We have the same problem here with all these right-wing blowhards in Washington who keep getting elected over and over again!

    August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mohit

      Maoists are against the democratic system of india and want to replace democracy with communism. People who are protesting are not against democracy. They are protesting to fine tune the democracy in India. There is a big difference

      August 16, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Aftab

      The moist have adopted the path of violence plus they are against the democratic system. Anna hazare is following the path of non violence and wants to help set up system to curb corruption from top to bottom in order to build a much stronger democratic country. There is no comparison between moist and Anna's struggle.

      August 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vaishwords

    I am torn even though I fully support Anna’s cause; I am not sure about his method. By challenging a democratically elected parliament in this way it can bring down this government and descend the country into chaos, and then what? On the other hand I feel India needs a HUGE wake-up call and we are beyond the point of civil discussion with these politicians…

    August 16, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Same as it ever was.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    So what's new?
    Just examine the record of their military rule in Kashmir. Its horrific.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Humber

    I hope that support and power are withheld completely from any Maoists in the USA.
    Of course, anything COULD happen, especially right now in our country.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Humber

    Yes–it's terrible in Kashmir: I understand that it's hard to get sapphires out of there now.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mad Hatter

    @banasy. Hahahaha Talking Heads. Hahahahaha. Great name for an all male band.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cleanindia

    Why is such a MAJOR development not being covered by western media? Maybe they do not understand how big this is. Everyone in India is electrified. Anna says a change in government willonly bring another corrupt party in poser. Instead he wants something unheard of: a change of system. A watchdog over and above the parliament and the prime minister. Goes beyond the parliamentary democracy and elections idea which started in Europe 500 years ago and emulated by UK, France, USA, and India. The world's biggest democracy is showing a new way. All Indian politicians are really scared. Anna was arrested today for daring to question corruption. This thing will explode within a week and CNN doesn't seem to know!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aftab

      It seems that majority of the western world believes in resolving problems through military might. It's hard for them to believe that non violent struggle can challenge the might of the most powerful authority without shedding a single drop of blood.

      August 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anita

    Amazing how little CNN or other western media cares about major developments happening outside the country!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    No they care @ Anita but only for those events which serve their agenda of going along with the policiwes of the 'Authority'.
    Four airstrikes by Israel on Gaza yesterday were conveniently ignored by our 'free' media ??
    CNN today briefly ran a ticker that "two Palestinians injured in Israeli action'. End of story.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |