Patiala House court once again morphed into a picture of chaos with a group of lawyers assaulting JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar besides clashing with his lawyers. There are reports of stone pelting at the contingent of journalists who were reporting outside the court premises. Shockingly, the violence occurred barely hours after Supreme Court’s issued a strict directive to Delhi police to ensure safety and security at the lower court for the hearing in this case.
Alarmed by fragile situation at the trial court, which is situated in the heart of the national capital, the apex court rushed the panel of six senior advocates to assess the situation.
“We are concerned about the law and order situation,” said the Supreme Court after it was apprised of the situation.
On their return, the panel of senior lawyers — Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Dushyant Dave, A D N Rao, Ajit Sinha and Harin Raval — told the top court that there is serious threat to safety and security of the accused Kanhaiya Kumar, who was beaten outside and was even pushed by unknown persons in courtroom. The top lawyers also reported that they too were abused and heckled by the lawyers at Patiala House Court.
The Supreme Court has now strictly directed Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi to personally ensure safety, security of accused and all others who attended the court proceedings on Patiala House Court.
Meanwhile, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested under the charge of sedition, was sent to 14 days judicial custody after Delhi Police didn’t press for further remand.
“I am an Indian. I have full faith in the Constitution as well as the judiciary of the country,” Kanhaiya Kumar told the court. He further added, “Send me to jail if there is evidence against me. If not there should be no media trial against me”.
Only six lawyers representing Kanhaiya were allowed inside the court room along with one JNU professor and five journalists.
During the hearing, advocates Vrinda Grover and Sushil Bajaj, who appeared for Kanhaiya, told the magistrate that despite the Supreme Court direction, Delhi Police failed to maintain the law and order as he was assaulted inside court premises and even outside the door of the court room by the person.
The lawyers also claimed that a person who allegedly attacked Kanhaiya was allowed to go scot free by the police.
Just two days ago, on Monday, lawyers had brutally assaulted several journalists and media persons along with JNU students and teachers inside court premises. Reacting to the violence by lawyers, 800-strong journalists had taken out a foot march on Tuesday from Press Club to the Supreme Court submitting a plea demanding action the perpetrators of the violence.
Following another series of attack on Wednesday, journalist’s body Broadcaster Editors Association (BEA) once again took it up with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding assurance of safety and security of journalists.