Chief Justice of India TS Thakur will on Tuesday hear a plea filed by the delegation of journalists and media persons against Monday’s assault at Patiala House court premises. Strongly protesting against the dastardly violence by some lawyers and other persons, nearly 800 journalists and media persons took a foot march from Press Club of India at Raisina Road to the Supreme Court. Demanding firm action into the incident, a memorandum was also handed over to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh.
“Punish the perpetrators of court violence…Police didn’t stop violence, they just stood watching,” journalists said in their memorandum.
“Even women journalists were not spared. It is unfortunate that security personnel of Delhi Police did nothing even as the assault continued,” the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC) delegation said in their memorandum to the Union Home minister.
Strongly demanding police accountability, the journalists expressed deep concerns over Delhi Police commissioner Bhim Sen Bassi terming the incident as mere “minor scuffle”.
Taking a light view of the incident, BS Bassi had remarked “the press reporters, too, didn’t suffer any major injuries; they were still reporting from the spot after being attacked…”
Several journalists along with JNU teachers and students were attacked by lawyers and persons, still claimed to be unknown by Delhi police, at Patiala House court soon after JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was produced in the court.
The Delhi Police has filed two FIRs in the incident, one for the attack on journalists, JNU students and teachers and the second one for the scuffle between BJP MLA OP Sharma and CPI activist Ameeque Jamai outside the court.
“The FIRs have been registered against unnamed persons under relevant Sections of the IPC,” DCP New Delhi Jatin Narwal said, adding the police registered both case taking suo motu cognisance of the episode.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) too has taken a serious note of the incident of violence in the Patiala house court complex on Monday afternoon. The lawyers’ body has now decided to convene an emergency meeting over the issue.
“BCI has taken the incident seriously and has decided to conduct an enquiry headed by a former High Court judge,” BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, adding “We will take necessary action after receiving the report from the enquiry panel”.
In a related development, the Supreme Court will also hear the separate petition filed by a JNU alumnus seeking action against the perpetrators of violence against journalists and the JNU students and teachers at Patiala House court.