Supreme Court to hear plea today on Patiala House court assault; was there a murder, asks MoS Rijiju

The petition filed by N D Jaiprakash, an alumnus of JNU, who was hurt in the violence on Monday, sought action against the people involved in the violence and over "inaction" on the part of Delhi Police.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2016 9:03 am
jnu, jnu row, jnu protest, jnu case, lawyers in jnu, lawyers beat students, lawyers beat jnu students, supreme court, supreme court on jnu Journalists march to Supreme Court on Wednesday protesting Monday’s attack. (Express Photo: Renuka Puri)

A day after lawyers attacked journalists and students while a Delhi BJP MLA assaulted a CPI member at the Patiala House Courts complex in the heart of the Capital, the Supreme Court listed for urgent hearing Wednesday a petition on the violence at the courts complex.

On Tuesday, senior lawyer Indira Jaising mentioned the petition before Chief Justice T S Thakur who agreed to have it listed for hearing Wednesday.

The petition filed by N D Jaiprakash, an alumnus of JNU who was injured in the attack, also sought directives to ensure the safety of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar — booked for sedition, Kanhaiya has to be produced in court at the end of his police custody.

Watch Video: Journalist Stage Protest March, Demand Sacking Of B S Bassi

The petition said the safety of journalists and lawyers too must be ensured and it must also be seen that nobody is denied access to justice. It sought a direction to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Police to take all preventive measures so that no violence takes place either inside the court room or within the court complex.

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On Tuesday, journalists marched from the Press Club of India to the Supreme Court and submitted a memorandum to the Registrar, seeking cancellation of licences of lawyers involved in the attack.

Watch Video: Lawyers Attack JNU Students, Media At Patiala House Court

A separate delegation of journalists met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking his intervention in ensuring “accountability of the Delhi Police who watched silently as the assault happened”.

As the role of Delhi Police came under attack from political parties and journalists who demanded the sacking of Commissioner B S Bassi, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju kicked up another row with his remark “was there a murder” on being asked why police had not acted against lawyers and others involved in the court attack. “There may be issues of scuffle,” but “was there a murder,” he told CNN-IBN.

The political divide on the JNU row also escalated sharply with the Congress alleging that there was a state of “undeclared emergency” in the country. “We will request the Supreme Court to ensure investigation by an independent agency into the (JNU) incident,” party leader Kapil Sibal told reporters.

The BJP hit back, accusing Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of being the “principal misleader” of politics after he alleged that the youth of the country were being muzzled by the government.

BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar told reporters: “On the JNU incident, Rahul Gandhi had levelled some accusations against our party. They are baseless, wrong and ineffective. Instead of trying to be a leader, Rahul Gandhi has become a principal misleader of Indian politics. His remarks in Assam over arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar is proof of his willingness to twist the truth. Kanhaiya was arrested because of remarks and slogans which he raised which were anti-national.”

— With PTI

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    Good that journalists were beaten
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      Blooger
      Feb 17, 2016 at 6:11 am
      Sikhs get pillored if they praise Bhinderanwala but the leftists and Congress apply a different yardstick if a Muslim attacker is eulogised and if their leaders are brought to book.However anybody taking the law into his hands must be punished without hesitation.
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        Chandru
        Feb 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm
        We, the indian public, want all the anti-national journalists to be sacked.
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          Sirius
          Feb 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm
          Good that it has reached SC. I request the SC to take an even handed approach .If Kanhaiyya Kumar cannot be held accountable for sloganeering by 'unknown' students and failing to stop them , police cannot be held accountable for 'inaction' to save the journalists from being beaten up. Or if you accuse Police for in action, please also accuse the JNUSA/JNUTA for failing to prevent a 'cultural' meet which didnot have a permission and where contemptuous to SC / anti-India slogans were raised ...
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            Bugger.Modi
            Feb 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
            The Chief Justice who praised the bugger Modi should be made a permanent THIEF Justice of SC so that he would p-is-S verdict in favor of the bugger Modi.
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              Kanu Patel
              Feb 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm
              Time is ripe now to disallow any type of show of strength or support to any accused in the PREMICES of the courts of law. The courts are open to anybody that does not mean that the PREMICES of the courts are grounds to show support to the accused. When might become right in the PREMICES of the courts ,it is little difficult for the police to deal and handle the situation.
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                Chandra Shekar
                Feb 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm
                Please calm down. This is a serious newspaper and not a party tabloid where you can display venomous rherotic. The Supreme Court is the most valuable et in our democracy without which we will become a failed state like stan or a one party state like China. No political goons can take law into their own hands while the police watch the tamasha like in a Bollywood movie. Congress thought they would rule forever- but the people threw them out. No one can take their position for granted in a true democracy. The voters will kick them out once they see hooliganism brought into politics. Thanks to a free media and a impartial judiciary India will remain a democracy and not a failed state like some in our neighbourhood!!
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                  Maniktripathy
                  Feb 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm
                  Boss this is not the first unique case in 60 years of our independence , where our so called "fabric of democracy" is under attack. Without reforms, all the dreams of rights and speedy justice is a mirage....
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