New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Thursday did not spare yoga guru Ramdev for the incidents after the midnight crackdown by the police at the Ramlila Maidan here last year saying he and members of his trust had failed in their "moral" and "legal" duty and acted with "negligence".

"The trust members and Baba Ramdev committed breach of their legal and moral duty and acted with negligence contributing to the unfortunate incident rendering themselves liable for legal consequences resulting therefrom," a bench comprising justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said.

"I have to take a view that in the circumstances of the case, Baba Ramdev and the office bearers of Ramdev's trust have contributed to the negligence leading to the occurrence in question and are vicariously liable for such action, " Justice Kumar said.

"For its execution(govt order), all concerned are expected to permit implementation of such orders and, in fact, are under a legal  obligation to fully cooperate in enforcement of lawful orders," the bench said.

The bench criticised the yoga guru's followers saying some of the followers had become unruly and used smoke to create a curtain in front of themselves before they started throwing ricks at the police, which contributed to the violent situation.

(Agencies)