Lawyer Yashpal Singh ‘involved’ in Patiala House Court assault arrested, released on bail

Yashpal Singh was caught on video attacking journalists, JNU students and teachers at Patiala House court complex two weeks ago

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2016 2:16 am
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The Delhi Police Tuesday arrested another lawyer in connection with the assault by a group of lawyers on journalists and JNU students at the Patiala House Courts complex last week.

Yashpal Singh was arrested in two separate cases — for allegedly thrashing journalists and students on February 15 and allegedly thrashing a Sonipat — based advocate on February 17. He was released on bail a few hours later from Tilak Marg police station.

Sources told The Indian Express that Singh was also questioned on allegedly beating up JNU students’ union President Kanhaiya Kumar as was revealed in an India Today sting operation.

Singh, along with another lawyer Vikram Singh Chauhan, had admitted to beating up Kumar for around three hours while he was in police custody.

“As police do not have any direct evidence against Singh, they decided to question him on the sting operation. Singh said a woman journalist of India Today gave him a drink laced with sedatives. After police questioned him for three hours, he was released on bail in the February 17 case,” said the sources.

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According to police, Singh was booked in the first case under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and 427 (causing damage to property) of the IPC. “On February 17, another case was registered against him under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC,” said an officer.

Sources said Singh also rejected allegations of beating up journalists. “He claimed to have rescued all the journalists when they were allegedly being beaten up by the students. Just like his arrested associate, Om Sharma, he also told police that he had come to see Kumar being produced in court,” said the sources.

“Singh was arrested at 6.45 pm in the first case but released on bail within an hour. At 8 pm, he joined the probe in the second case. He was again arrested at 9.30 pm but released on bail at 10.30 pm. He was again questioned on the sting operation and was released due to lack of evidence,” added the sources.

His arrest in the first case was made after two Delhi Police personnel and Manu Shankar, a reporter with Malayalam news channel Kairali TV, had identified him. In the second case, he was identified by Rajiv Verma, the lawyer he allegedly assaulted.

Chauhan, who allegedly led the attacks, is yet to respond to notices asking him to join the probe.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 23, 2016 at 10:17 pm
    These Pure Anti Nationals who have brought Bad Name to the W Nation should be dealt with Sternly and the SC should take account of their Conduct
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      Pitch
      Feb 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm
      Arrest those IB thugs who gave tacit support to these lawyers.
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        TIHAEwale
        Feb 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm
        at last Bumbling Bi starts discharging his duty
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          ams
          Feb 24, 2016 at 2:20 am
          India for you.. Engage in violence -- Get bail in 2 hrs. Do not engage in violence -- Get arrested, abused, thrashed and wait for court hearing for days.
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            arvind
            Feb 24, 2016 at 5:37 am
            now its the duty of the people of india to teach BJP a lesson for suppressing the voices against the govt inability to develop india.. it was my biggest mistake to vote for BJP.. i feel sorry and i promise will never ever vote for these goons.. Modi has fooled us,
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              arvind
              Feb 24, 2016 at 5:34 am
              what a shame.. he openly accepted to beat kanhaya in the police lockup for 3 hours and openly threat to bomb him..and to kill the student.. he got the bail from the biased police in 2 hours where as youth of india is struglling to get the bail on the false complaints and fake videos.. what a shame.. our mother India is in the hands of these goons.. God bless India..
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                Kaliyug
                Feb 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm
                Send the lawyers to jails that house criminals with no special rights, this will teach them to uphold the law and not take it upon themselves to be the law.
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                  vimalavan
                  Feb 23, 2016 at 11:51 pm
                  Why these veer and maha veer lawyers are not accepting their Marshall behaviour now? They had a tall claim of doing this unruly behaviour in the name of patriotism. Then if you have the courage stick to your action cowards.
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