Sedition case against JNUSU president: Lawyers, BJP MLA take law in their fists

Journalists and students who gathered for hearing assaulted as police watched.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2016 10:33 am
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At least ten journalists, including two from The Indian Express, and several students were assaulted Monday by lawyers and a Delhi BJP MLA inside and outside the Patiala House Courts where a sedition case against Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was to be heard.

The attack took place before hearing in the case got underway. A large number of policemen present there remained mute spectators.

O P Sharma, BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar, and his supporters pinned down CPI minority cell leader Ameeque Jamei and assaulted him outside the court complex.

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Inside, a group of lawyers entered the court room, raised slogans and told students, teachers and journalists to leave. But they refused, saying they had a right to attend the proceedings.

Announcing they were “patriots”, the men first targeted the students and teachers. Calling JNU a “den of anti-India elements and terrorists”, they attacked them and then turned on the journalists present in the room, punching and slapping them. Outside the court, another group of lawyers assaulted journalists and students.

BJP MLA Sharma, who was in the complex in connection with a hearing in the defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was seen assaulting Jamei.

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Later, Sharma claimed he was roughed up in a melee where slogans like ‘Pakistan Zindabad, Hindustan Murdabad’ were shouted. Told there was footage of him assaulting Jamei, Sharma said, “Mein goli bhi maar deta agar bandook hoti. Koi hamari Ma ko gaali dega to kya usey maaroge nahin (I would have opened fire if I had a gun. If someone abuses our mother, won’t I beat him up).”

Waliullah Qadri, president of the CPI student arm AISF, said: “Before the proceedings started, some people in the attire of lawyers started hurling abuses at us. Suddenly, some of them, without provocation, started beating us. They pushed and beat us up. Even women students were not spared.”

Witnesses said the group of men inside the Patiala House Courts premises also started demanding identity cards of people not dressed like lawyers. When journalists refused, the men accused them of being JNU supporters and assaulted them.

After the incident, nine journalists registered a complaint of physical assault at the Tilak Marg police station. They were: Kaunain Sheriff M and Alok Singh, The Indian Express; Amit Pandey, IBN 7; Akshay Deshmane, Economic Times; Amey Tirodkar, Maharashtra One; Sana Shakeel, The Times of India; Shree Nirash, Sahara Samay; Amiya Kushwaha, IANS; and, Azaan Javid, DNA. The complaint stated that Manu Shankar of Kairali News had been taken to hospital after the attack.

Asked what action would be taken against those who attacked the media at Patiala House Courts, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, “The law will take its own course. If anyone takes the law into their own hands, action will be taken against them in accordance with the law. I will speak to the Delhi Police Commissioner about this.”
Police Commissioner B S Bassi called the incidents in the court complex “scuffles” and said no major injuries were reported.

“There are allegations that certain press reporters, and some students belonging to JNU, were roughed up. We are looking into it. Excesses were committed from all sides, but they have been extremely minor in nature. To my knowledge, nobody has received serious injuries. They are more in the shape of scuffles,” Bassi told NDTV.

Later Monday, the Delhi court extended Kanhaiya Kumar’s police custody for another two days after in-camera proceedings.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) said it had taken serious note of the violence in the Patiala House Courts complex and decided to conduct an inquiry headed by a former High Court judge.

“BCI has taken the incident seriously and has decided to conduct an inquiry headed by a former High Court judge,” BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra told PTI. He said the BCI has decided to convene an emergency meeting at the earliest to finalise on the judge to probe the violence.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:59 am
    I wish, these people had studied humanities who are claiming to be patriots.
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      John Paul
      Feb 15, 2016 at 11:33 am
      watch this
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        bonku
        Feb 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm
        Such incidents would not happen if there is no direct political instigation. Moreover, I'm reasonably sure that no punitive action would be taken against any of these lawyers. If there is even any token (for public show only) arrest, there would be more lawyer unrest and other colleagues of these criminal lawyers would also join to express "solidarity"! Lawyers would be the most unruly and uncivilized lot (probably only after politicians and police)!
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          Chopra TP
          Feb 16, 2016 at 1:07 am
          Morons of Indian Express will discuss their own murder with there killer instead of fighting back. When JeM moles start inciting war against India on Indian University campuses on Indian tax payer dole, time for debate has ped.
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            what
            Feb 16, 2016 at 1:13 am
            IE is projecting a very positive happening in the capital as negative. These violence is very much needed for the present state of the country to condition the people and their mind towards VEDIC WAY OF THINKING. Vedas teach some extreme measures that is necessary for the larger goal of nation building. People who object to such happy happenings are not brahmin scoundrels.
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              Dr
              Feb 15, 2016 at 11:45 am
              Maro desh dhrohiyo ko JNU me jaliya wala Bag hona cheye
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                Haradhan Mandal
                Feb 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                'A little knowledge is dangerous - This related to parliament ' A little more knowledge and intelligence from you would have let you know that inside Parliament, it is the voice of people outside, that is raised, voiced and discussed. Not ALL of 1.2 Billion Indian can fit inside the Parliament at a time. What he is talking is about is that freedom inside and outside Parliament is the one and the same .
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                  Haradhan Mandal
                  Feb 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                  You are digressing ! You could not answer - but you made a disparaging comment on his comment.
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                    Hindu
                    Feb 15, 2016 at 5:50 pm
                    Hail stan!
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                      IML sood
                      Feb 15, 2016 at 11:30 am
                      Bias media but see the brewery of the general people including layers,these anti national elements are to be exposed and taught a lesson.Just look the way Cong. Stooge Dyer barking that PM is playing with fire,as if his party is the prtector of traitors.Another good example of pressitution NDTV has only one job to pamper Kujliandparty or publishing news of Govt. bait or but do they know less and less people are now trusting them to believe if their reporting are of any value.Shameless does not the value of honour and more such bias news are published by those media houses who has got fat during previous regimes due money power.Everyone knows where their actual interest lies.
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                        KS
                        Feb 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm
                        Jihadi National University producing educated terrorists.
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                          Kavi
                          Feb 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm
                          Rahul hi, who supports terrorists, is anti-national. Reject him, and do not allow him in any educational insution. Congress is number one enemy of the nation. It appears Congress Party is controlled by Jihadi - terrorists.
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                            IslamForFoools
                            Feb 16, 2016 at 2:05 am
                            Burkha dust must suffer
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                              IslamForFoools
                              Feb 16, 2016 at 2:04 am
                              God bless those lawyers and bop mla. I love them. Kil all jihadi congressi terrorists. Good job. Bravo. Hel b upon congress and puppu supporters. Hel b upon cpim, congress, tmc, ncp aimim.
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                                IslamForFoools
                                Feb 16, 2016 at 2:05 am
                                Kil ur mother for giving birth to jihadi like u
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                                  Mohan
                                  Feb 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm
                                  It is now well known that most of the mainstream media is paid and promoted by anti national elements. These elements cannot be called "journalists". They are anti-national slaves of Con Party and terror organisations.
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                                    MyTake
                                    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm
                                    Comment below with lesser wisdom: Why can't the luminaries of India say let the law take its course. Why the luminaries want to interfere with their pre-mature wisdom? If not guilty they will be acquitted and will have a greater standing among the people, in the society and inside political circle as great leaders (uming that is what they are aspiring to become one day) . Since they have taken a political standing let them get the political answer.
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                                      MyTake
                                      Feb 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm
                                      In JNU tax payers subsidise politics and that is for Congies and Lefties only, because they belong to "Proletariat Bourgeoisie" cl!
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                                        MyTake
                                        Feb 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm
                                        Instead of producing scholars JNU producing s. Identify the tree by the fruit it bears. No BJP politician has gone to JNU. it's only the sicars went there to instigate the violence. Have they refrained from politicizing things would have calmed down to normal quickly.
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                                          Nava
                                          Feb 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                                          The Pressute is reporting the incident in a misleading way. The real fact is: All those JNU thugs who have embled in the court are not representing the entire student or teaching community. These are selected thugs that support anti-national activities at JNU. They have to be spit on their face for acting against the country. The Lawyers have acted as any patriotic citizen would have acted. The nation salutes the lawyers.
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                                            Jai jai
                                            Feb 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                                            That was the case but nore, take it from me living here for years ,it is a now punishable and severely punishable not like 15 years of umer kid bit 100 years of jail ,also don't forget what us did to Oregon shooters ,please read half baked knowledge is more dangerous
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