We were attacked, called Pakistan ke dalle: Supreme Court panel

The bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay M Sapre had to step in twice during the day to make sure “no harm is caused” to Kanhaiya, lawyers and journalists.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: February 18, 2016 9:30 pm
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Perturbed by reports of lawlessness at the Patiala House Courts complex when JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was produced, the Supreme Court Wednesday made Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi “personally responsible” for the safety of the student leader who has been booked in a sedition case.

The bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay M Sapre had to step in twice during the day to make sure “no harm is caused” to Kanhaiya, lawyers and journalists, and sought an explanation from the Delhi Police on reports that Kanhaiya was assaulted.

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“It is reported today by the members of the (Supreme Court-appointed) committee that the accused was manhandled while he was produced before the (trial) court today. We, therefore, make it clear that the responsibility is exclusively that of the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to ensure the safety of the accused,” the bench ordered.

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The committee told the bench that they too were abused and called “Pakistan ke dalle” (pimps of Pakistan), “beh……”, that flower pots, bottles and pebbles were thrown at them at Patiala House Courts.

The day began with the bench hearing a petition filed by JNU alumnus N D Jayaprakash, demanding safety of the accused, journalists and others, apart from directives to the Delhi Police to ensure that access to justice is available to Kanhaiya too. Senior lawyers K T S Tulsi, Rajeev Dhavan, Raju Ramachandran and advocate Prashant Bhushan appealed for intervention by the apex court.

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Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Delhi High Court, told the bench that the administrative committee of the High Court was looking into the matter and had also sought a report on Monday’s incident from the chief judge of the Patiala House Courts. “The committee is meeting at 2 pm again today to discuss the matter further,” Luthra said.

Representing Delhi Police, senior lawyer Ajit K Sinha described Monday’s incident as “unfortunate”, adding that it happened in a charged atmosphere. “CRPF has also been deployed now. There are six ACPs and women SHOs stationed at Patiala House courts. Investigation is on regarding the earlier incident,” Sinha said.

At this, the bench issued a string of directives to ensure a conducive atmosphere during the hearing at Patiala House Courts where Kanhaiya was to be produced before a magistrate following completion of his police custody.

Directing Delhi Police to “take control of the situation,” the bench ordered restricted entry of lawyers, visitors and journalists inside the magistrate’s court room after Sinha assured no law and order problem would arise anymore.

But less than two hours after this order, Kapil Sibal and Prashant Bhushan showed up before the bench again at 2 pm, informing it about fresh violence at the Patiala House Courts and the attack on Kanhaiya.

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At this, the bench summoned Sinha and sought a report on the incident. He was told to convey to the Police Commissioner the “concerns” of the court on the situation. The bench action must be taken against everyone irrespective of profession. It turned down a plea to summon Bassi, saying he must be busy in monitoring the situation but asked Sinha to speak to him immediately.

Around 3 pm, the apex court also appointed a five-member team of lawyers — Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Haren P Raval, Dushyant Dave and A D N Rao — to visit Patiala House Courts, along with Sinha, and report back on the situation there. Sinha was asked to speak to Bassi over the phone to provide adequate security to the panel.

The lawyers came back to the apex court at 4 pm and confirmed reports that Kanhaiya was assaulted and said that the police failed to control the situation or contain the violence. Dhavan said they were abused and called ‘Pakistan ke dalle’ (pimps of Pakistan) and “beh……” while Sibal added that flower pots, bottles and pebbles were thrown at them.

At this, the bench asked Sinha: “Will your Commissioner of Police take responsibility of all this? We are making him personally responsible to see no harm is caused to anyone.”

It asked the lawyers’ panel and Delhi High Court to submit their reports on Thursday. Delhi Police has to furnish an explanation by Friday. The court will hear the case further at 2 pm Thursday.

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First Published on: February 18, 2016 4:40 am
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    BS.Supreme.Corrupt
    Feb 18, 2016 at 3:53 am
    Instead of ordering the arrest of BS Bi for dereliction of duty for which he is paid through tax, the SC, which I suspect is part of the g design has told BS Bi that it is his responsibility as if he does not know that. No wonder Supreme Corrupt bad no respect. No wonder it has not ordered the arrest of the thug lawer Chauan.
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      STATE.TERRORIST.Rajnath.Singh
      Feb 18, 2016 at 3:58 am
      Where is the STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH. He is the one who ordered that lawyer to attack In the court premises. IE has published Photo proof of their meeting.
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        Rattihallirao
        Feb 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm
        With all these tamashas going on in HCs abd SC, the hon PM is announcing e agri, swach this and that, swings his left hand. Niw his cabinet members as well started/learning to swingnkeft hand. What a pity that for the past year n half, lot of criminal crushing of the public lives.
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          Saurabh
          Feb 18, 2016 at 8:43 am
          Tuze to padma bhakt milega re
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            Saurabh
            Feb 18, 2016 at 7:40 am
            You are using derogatory language against Supreme Court of India which is a offense. I'm reporting ur comment to cyber crime department, let's see who you actually are...
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              TIHAEwale
              Feb 18, 2016 at 7:36 am
              it is not the first time Police has failed its commitment to protect common persons attending court hearing from being aulted by criminal elements inside and near court premises.
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                zeeshan
                Feb 18, 2016 at 10:14 am
                kashmir banay ga stan salute to brave kashmiri heros
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                  Anasuyas Shreesha
                  Feb 18, 2016 at 2:25 am
                  First ask them to respect supreme court order on Afzal Guru
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                    adgalakumar
                    Feb 18, 2016 at 8:00 am
                    Video signifies who is right and wrong. No indian, leave alone parties, religion, caste, creed would support anti national acts of any one individual / parties/ supporters. If one is not said, let court take the final call and why every one gives opinion and let the law play its role. Why politicizing, educational insutions and why other goons should be there in the campus and why call anti india chants. Every youth naturally, would be for mother india . The patriotism now it appears needs to be learned by all for the safety of India.
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                      T S
                      Feb 18, 2016 at 4:51 am
                      I too agree with fate of BJP leaders by the consuted committee comprising of all anti BJP elements.
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                        Binay Mahanta
                        Feb 18, 2016 at 10:12 am
                        The BJP and RSS ideologues are bullies no doubt, but they have very little intelligence. It's really stupid of them to cry "nationalism" for some slogans by students.
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                          Catherine tt
                          Feb 18, 2016 at 7:40 am
                          That's what Asia dose....... When it can't handle reality of its problems and issues.......It makes something like this happen as to not solve it.
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                            Dr. Sonali
                            Feb 18, 2016 at 7:13 am
                            If one acts like a "stan ka dalla", what else should one be called? To get respect - behave like a good Indian. A good citizen.
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                              whats up
                              Feb 18, 2016 at 2:45 am
                              Congress is psudo secular they allow preacher like zakir naik who was spreading wahabism ideology in the name of islam for me it is clear that how congress , samajwadi are pseudo secular always support anti india not dare to question this muslims ideology , In india kashmiri pandit live like refugees not single party care about that these things happening across europe and they are kicking out muslim refugees from there countries there is no guarantee about them even 2nd or 3rd generation muslims who brought in that european culture supports islamist ideology and sharia law
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                                whats up
                                Feb 18, 2016 at 3:06 am
                                congress is pseudo secular party who support islamist to tear our country
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                                  FRANCIS COUTINHO
                                  Feb 18, 2016 at 6:25 am
                                  may GOD GUIDE OUR LEADERS AND PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE UNITY AND COOPERATION WITHIN OUR GREAT COUNTRY.
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                                    harun
                                    Feb 18, 2016 at 12:43 am
                                    If the Court bans these Lawyers from practicing and suspend Cops for Criminal negligence in failing to discharge duty. One can expect to see 1000s going berserk.
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                                      TheTruth
                                      Feb 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm
                                      Supreme Court never gives so much attention and special privileges to other common Indians. Why is this case? Why doesn't Supreme court take similar interest in cases of scams and when common innocent people are fabricated?
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                                        Ian Harvey
                                        Feb 18, 2016 at 7:28 am
                                        The w event explains how a bunch of hysteric TV news anchors from ZEE and TIMES NOW can fool the w Nation and even the Police and the Administration. The propaa against Kanhiaya Kumar started with that footage aired by ZEE news where Omar Khalid and others were seen shouting slogans against India and now it is very much obvious that ZEE News has edited the footage of Kanhiaya Kumar, speaking on another occasion, along with the anti-national slogans of Omar Khalid, marking him in a RED CIRCLE! 10 days has ped and the police and home ministry are successful in letting the real culprits move free in this NATION, where as the poor chap who is the political opponent of the ruling party is behind bars!
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                                          Parveen Baig
                                          Feb 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                                          Dear over tolerant Maha-patra, students are immatured just like you but that do not give then right to anti-country sloganeering
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                                            Parveen Baig
                                            Feb 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm
                                            SHAME, You like to remain silent to Anti-national activities and anti Indian sloganeering ?
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