JNU row: As Bassi and team wait for him, lawyer who led court attacks felicitated

Ignored summons from Delhi Police Thursday and showed up at the Karkardooma courts where he was felicitated by lawyers for his “stand against anti-nationals”.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:12 pm
JNU row, BS bassi, Advocate Vikram Singh Chauhan, lawyer attcaked students, Kanhaiya kumar, JNUSU president, lawyer attack journalists, delhi police, india news, indian express Chauhan (second from left) being felicitated by lawyers at Karkardooma courts in Delhi, Thursday. Express photo

Advocate Vikram Singh Chauhan, who led the attacks on students and journalists Monday and on JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar Wednesday at the Patiala House Courts ignored summons from Delhi Police Thursday and showed up at the Karkardooma courts where he was felicitated by lawyers for his “stand against anti-nationals”.

Chauhan and two other lawyers had been asked to appear before police Thursday but they ignored the summons. Police Commissioner B S Bassi told The Indian Express: “We are waiting for Chauhan and two other lawyers to appear before us. If they do not appear tomorrow, then we will go for coercive action.” He said police may move court for warrants to arrest them.

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The Bar Council of India (BCI) “apologised” for the violence at the Patiala House Courts and said licences of lawyers found guilty would be suspended for life.

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“I seek apology from mediapersons and Kanhaiya Kumar for such mishappenings and misconduct. Strong action will be taken against lawyers, if found guilty of indulging in violence at Patiala House Courts. The action includes suspension of licence for life.

We can remove the name of any advocate from the roll of Bar Council for life,” BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said.

But the warning had no effect on lawyers who gathered in large numbers at the Karkardooma courts around 4 pm Thursday to felicitate Chauhan and even took out a candlelight march to protest “victimisation” of lawyers. Claiming that 1,000 lawyers had collected to honour him, Chauhan said: “The media has called me a hooligan which is clearly victimisation. Many lawyers supported me for the stand against anti-nationals. We staged a peaceful protest against all anti-nationals.” He said lawyers will continue to take this stand “until all anti-nationals are arrested”.

Lawyer Yashpal Singh, who had also participated in the attacks at the Patiala House Courts, said: “We took out a candlelight peace procession from Gate Number 3 of Karkardooma court. We stand against all anti-national activity on the JNU campus.”

The Shahdara Bar Association also rallied behind Chauhan. Advocate Mahesh Sharma, president of Shahdara Bar Association, said: “Chauhan is a member of the bar and there is nothing wrong in felicitating him. If someone stands up for the nation and protests against anti-nationals, particularly in a peaceful manner, we stand by him.” The Shahdara Bar Association said it did not agree with the Bar Council of India’s move on this matter. It is planning a march around 2 pm Friday.

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    anonymous
    Feb 19, 2016 at 9:03 am
    But any how what they would have done? serve him a T and let off ? So its a better choice to be felicitated.
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      Babu
      Feb 19, 2016 at 4:03 am
      Bangalee mosai don't mess with sardar
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        Babu
        Feb 19, 2016 at 4:01 am
        Brown nose baasi is rss's saaree's falls
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          Babu
          Feb 19, 2016 at 2:37 am
          Look at this rss so called warrior choupan guy he aulted a hand cuffed person with police and thousands of rss varahas support and he is hero of rss lol
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            Romey
            Feb 19, 2016 at 3:19 am
            Media is going ballistic against lawyers in one of the pictures one lawyer is shown holding long stick with group of lawyers actually when shown entire picture there was a flag above which is not appearing in the picture we ask why this upmanship on sensitive issue at the same time hooglism cannot be supported at any cost
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              Abbas Rumani
              Feb 19, 2016 at 7:16 am
              This incident reminds me of what happen in stan some years back. Punjab’s governor am Taseer was killed by his own body guard for his so called alleged blasphemy. When that guard was produced in courts lawyers were attacking and prevent police from taking him to court. That guard who is a killer was hero for these lawyers. Today same thing is happening in INDIA. Are we taking India in stan’s way?
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                Sidharth Sankar
                Feb 19, 2016 at 2:21 am
                Vikram Singh Chauhan is a true patriot. English language media are traitors.
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                  Afzal Ahmad
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 7:20 pm
                  At one place these self-appointed patriots (read BJP, RSS and other Hindutva organisations) are calling the alleged supporters of Afzal Guru as anti-nationals while BJP formed govt in JandK with late Mufti Muhd Saeed who openly declared that Afzal Guru should not have been hanged and also demanded that his remains and body should be handed over to his keens. And even they trying to form govt with PDP, an staunch supporter of Afzal Guru and Mr Ram Madhav was recently in Srinagar to convince Mahbooba to form govt with BJP allegedly on her diktat. Whatever these self appointed nationalist do (probably even ination of Mahatma hi) is NATIONALIST but whatever others do is ANTI-NATIONAL. As a matter of fact, they biggest opportunists, having no ideology and creating communal divide and polarisation to serve their own purpose of remaining in power. And to achieve this, they master of creating communal issue for no where to raise Hindu sentiments and garner their vote in favour of themselves. What these self-appointed nationalist has done for the country so far is yet to be known to citizens. They are the biggest opportunists which can be seen right from the day of foundation till today.
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                    Ajay Sunder
                    Feb 19, 2016 at 3:36 am
                    It is funny that the great Police Commissioner BS Bi kept waiting for advocate Vikram Sing Chauhan and his friends even though there was enough evidence against them ,the same Police Commissioner lost not time in putting the JNU student leader Kannhaya Kumar behind bar even though he has not been able to produce any evidence against the student leader so far.If this is not dereliction of duty then what else is this?He is answerable to each citizen of the capital.
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                      arc
                      Feb 19, 2016 at 8:03 am
                      After their licences are cancelled, they and their protector Bi Thulla can all join Bjp As their mafia brigade. They shd all then be paradropped to Kashmir to fight jihadists to prove their nationalist bhakti..
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                        arc
                        Feb 19, 2016 at 6:22 am
                        Ram Tulla's per monkey Bi Thulla. All half pant bhakts, all antinationals.
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                          pravin
                          Feb 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                          We are learning fast from Pak. It reminds me of Pak Bar members showering flowers on murderer of Guv Salman Tasir.
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                            Barb Dewyre
                            Feb 19, 2016 at 12:11 am
                            All those who are feeling bad about this are advised to look at the Indian flag hoisted on a 207 foot flagpole and forget their 'anti-national' feelings.
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                              Dr B
                              Feb 19, 2016 at 7:58 am
                              Well done lawyers. A true patriot. Are the Indian express reporters are naxalite. Because they r hiding the facts and trying to prove that Kanhaiya Kumar is innocent.
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                                Clifford
                                Feb 18, 2016 at 11:09 pm
                                They are all birds of same feathers. Looks like there is no justice in goonda raj.
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                                  Australian Indian
                                  Feb 19, 2016 at 9:52 am
                                  PCKULKARNI, people like will sell anything at hand be it their pride or their bride to appease the anti nationalists. We certainly have no respect for you, people who sell their bodies are far better than you cause you believe in selling your daughter and wife to live a life of comfort. You should be ashamed of yourself, you are a disgrace. Go die and never comment again.
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                                    edsel toscano
                                    Feb 19, 2016 at 12:12 am
                                    Modi has made india into a banana republic
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                                      Sreenivasan
                                      Feb 19, 2016 at 9:04 am
                                      Both the people of stan and India must come together. We have only the anti-nationals between us always provoking and war mongering. I believe I need not hate stan or stani people to become a patriotic Indian. I also believe there will be many people like me in both these countries. Extremists are there in both countries like everywhere they are there. But the problems created by them time to time need not come as an obstacle in our way, in building up friendship between the two neighbors. The pseudo patriotic are actually traitors of the original and serve the interests of war equipment manufacturers and smugglers operating in the area.
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                                        Amit
                                        Feb 19, 2016 at 7:56 am
                                        well said well said... I was also thinking the same.
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                                          Loveall
                                          Feb 19, 2016 at 3:48 am
                                          Ache din aaooo reeee !!!!!
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                                            Loveall
                                            Feb 19, 2016 at 3:51 am
                                            Shame on u !!!! Literally people like u are disgrace to India..... how can u comment on his sardar ideny......we are proud that we have sardars in India ......N people like u are the biggest joke for india
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