A Sessions court here has rejected the plea of five Delhi Police personnel, accused in the June 2011 Ramlila Maidan midnight crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s rally, against a notice issued to them by a magisterial court in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar rejected the petition of the five cops who had challenged the magisterial court order by which notices were issued to them to appear before it for further proceedings.

The order was challenged on the ground that the magistrate took cognisance of the offence on October 2, 2012, which was after the expiry of the limitation period of three months from the date of the incident as provided in the Delhi Police Act.

The five policemen have been charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police under section 336 IPC (endangering life and personal safety of others) for the midnight police crackdown on Ramdev's followers on June 4, 2011.

The ASJ, however, held that “in view of the specific directions issued by the apex court on February 23, 2011 giving three months’ time to the police for investigation and presentation of charge sheet and also having regard to the fact that it took sufficient time in establishing the identity of the accused police officers, this court finds that the bar under the Delhi Police Act is not attracted”.

They have been charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police under section 336 IPC