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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  1. A
    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.
    1. B
      Feb 19, 2016 at 4:03 am
      Bangalee mosai don't mess with sardar
      1. B
        Feb 19, 2016 at 4:01 am
        Brown nose baasi is rss's saaree's falls
      2. B
        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
        1. R
          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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