After assault on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, safe passage to Tihar

Defying Supreme Court, lawyers attack JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in court, he is sent to 14 days in jail.

Written by Abhishek Angad , Alok Singh , Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:10 pm
kanhaiya kumar, patiala assault court, patiala kanhaiya, kanhaiya sedition, sedition jnu, jnu row, india news JNU: A convoy of police vehicles carrying JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar to Tihar jail (Express photo)

Defying a Supreme Court order banning protests at the Patiala House Courts where students and journalists were assaulted Monday, a group of lawyers again went on the rampage Wednesday, this time attacking JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar when he was being produced in court in a sedition case. Journalists on the court premises were also roughed up despite heavy police presence.

Kanhaiya, who was sent to judicial custody in Tihar Jail for 14 days, had to be taken out of the complex by policemen who dressed him in riot gear and used shields to protect him. He was confined to a courtroom for three hours because the lawyers had laid siege — among them was advocate Vikram Singh Chauhan who had led Monday’s attack.

Watch Video: JNU Students March For JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s Release

Chanting Vande Mataram and waving the Tricolour, the lawyers had forced their way into the court complex. “A person has come dressed as a lawyer and beaten him up (Kanhaiya) inside the court premises,” defence lawyer Vrinda Grover said. “The police couldn’t do anything, it’s a complete violation of the Supreme Court order.”

Watch | JNU Row: What Delhi Police’s Failure To Ensure Order At The Patiala House Court Tells Us

Kanhaiya was attacked twice — the first assault took place when he was being led into the court premises and again when he was entering Court Number 3. “A man wearing a grey blazer and sporting dark glasses thrashed him,” JNU professor Himanshu said.

In a written submission to Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, Kanhaiya said his “hair was pulled” and his “chest boxed”. The court ordered his medical examination inside the court room in view of “the hostile conditions prevalent outside court room (as is evident from the sloganeering available inside the court room and the statement given by the accused), it is directed that DCP shall personally ensure safety of the accused”.

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A doctor from RML Hospital, who examined him, told The Indian Express that Kanhaiya had “abrasions” on his nose and “bruises on his toes”.

In a statement at the start of the proceedings, Kanhaiya said: “I am an Indian, I have full faith in the Constitution of the country as well as the judiciary of India. The media trial against me is very painful. If there is evidence against me that I am a traitor, then you please send me to jail. But if there no evidence against me, there should be no media trial.”

Under fire for his handling of the JNU row, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi, who had gone to the Prime Minister’s Office in the morning, said if Kanhaiya applies for bail, then police will not object to it.

“I personally feel, a young person… perhaps be given bail,” he told reporters. This was a complete U-turn because Bassi had earlier said police had enough “evidence” against Kanhaiya.

Watch Video | Sedition Case: Visuals Of Lawyers Sloganeering At The Patiala House Court

By evening, the Home Ministry, which had sought a report from Bassi, announced Alok Verma as his successor.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said: “I have spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner and asked him to send a report by evening. The Supreme Court is apprised of the matter. It is a very serious matter. If anyone has violated the law, action will be taken in accordance with law.”

Bassi denied Kanhaiya was “beaten up” and said use of “heavy force” against lawyers would have been “counter-productive” and “inappropriate”.

“I do not think he was beaten up… We expected jostling and considering that, he was escorted by a requisite number of police officers. He was taken care of by our officers,” he told reporters.

He said use of force would have been counter-productive. “Lawyers are officers of the court. When we are dealing with officers… unless… use of heavy force would have been inappropriate in this case.”

He cited earlier instances of violence involving lawyers in Madras High Court, Allahabad High Court and elsewhere to make the point that lawyers have to be handled carefully. “We have managed the situation. There was no breach of peace. We have followed norms of prudent policing,” he said.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 17, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    Send thsi @ ss to kaala pani. Perhaps then this will know the cost paid by our freedom fighters for the integrity and freedom of this country
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      Blooger
      Feb 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm
      The BJP has lost goodwill among the educated now only the lumpen supporters give support and anything they do is condoned, seems the PM writ does not run among his parymen,its possible that somebody in the party or RSS wants to bring him down as he has hogged all the limelight
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        Gopi
        Feb 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm
        ANY THREAT BY BRAHMINS TO HARD FOUGHT FREEDOM SHOULD BE PUT DOWN SO THEY NEVER EVER RISE AND SHOULD BE SUSTAINED
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          Gopi
          Feb 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm
          rom theguardianDOTcom: "....It is worth noting that this flashpoint has followed and is connected to another equally important campus movement inspired by the death of the Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula at the University of Hyderabad, who killed himself: an event that has blown open India’s persistent and disgraceful caste inequalities, with upper castes, much like the white well-off of Britain, disproportionately dominating universities and the media as well as lucrative corporate positions. To criticise the Hindu nationalism that governs India today is also to note its roots in the continued domination of Indian insutions by Brahmins and other upper castes. This faultline is now more visible than ever, and addressing it has become a matter of urgency....."
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            MangoLover
            Feb 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm
            I hope when this Guy comes out of jail he won't be able to walk straight... You know what I mean. Everyone should plant their seed in this stani lover...
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              MyTake
              Feb 17, 2016 at 8:56 pm
              If Kanaiya is "innocent" he still should answer for activities that has taken place under his leadership. Buck stops at leader's table. It is not good enough just to say he s innocent like MMS was sold as a "hian Mask Seal of Approval" and that is as the most "honest" person in the world!
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                MyTake
                Feb 17, 2016 at 10:43 pm
                If UPA were there for another 5 years India could be worse than any country in the region and it could as well disintegrate into many countries. There should be a narco analysis done UPA leadership to find out what they were aiming for.
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                  MyTake
                  Feb 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm
                  Meet the seculars ....
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                    MyTake
                    Feb 18, 2016 at 4:37 am
                    Are you saying Modi is learning the traits of the game that is Congress's patented formula?
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                      Pat
                      Feb 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm
                      Make him comfortable with terrorists along with Sonia raoul Vinci trying to be a bhagat Singh put the pro in a ship so tax payers money is not wasted on them. If raoul complains tell him to fund them with loot by congress.
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                        Nesan
                        Feb 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                        Modi should press in AW, IB, State intelligence units, paramilitary units, illegal paramilitary thugs, Goondas to put out these protests for erting freedom LIKE THE ITALIAN Be-YATCH WAS USING AW, IB, State intelligence units, Paramilitary units, illegal paramilitary thugs, Goondas TO PUT DOWN TAMIL PEOPLE SINCE 2007. MODI SHOULD BORROW THE WHITE VANS USED BY SRI LANKA FOR EXTRA JUDICIAL ABDUCTION OF INDIAN PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR AND ENSURE THE FUTURE OF BRAHMINS!
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                          ak dev
                          Feb 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm
                          In a video clip that has surfaced today, Kanahialal is seen standing by the master mind Khalid. Kanahialal is also seen shouting anti-India slogans. The Left sympathizers of Kanahialal are now exposed naked on their lies that Kanahialal never shouted anti-India slogans.
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                            Arun
                            Feb 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm
                            We have never this kind of a situation in India where the lawyers enter courts and beat up the accused and the journalist. The lawyer goons are the thugs of RSS. No doubt.
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                              Manshu
                              Feb 17, 2016 at 11:08 pm
                              BJP is challenging Supreme Court. It is total disrespect for the consution and breakdown of law. BJP Govt. should be dismissed!
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                                ashok
                                Feb 18, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                India is the only country where traitors are made hero.kanahaya should have been immediately dismissed from college and no protection should have been given than only any anti national agitation would take place
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                                1. अशोक.गोविंद.शहा
                                  Feb 18, 2016 at 2:00 am
                                  vande mataram- Law is blind but not lawyers why media defending anti national and not reporting attack on RSS man in keralaa? loop hols in law must be plughed A murder in Keralaa of RSS man not even reported and all intelectuals are singing law tunes why? anti national must not be shown any soft corner india should not be banana republic jagate raho
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                                    Amar Azad
                                    Feb 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                                    What's the income of 20% Rich and 80% poor
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                                      Amar Azad
                                      Feb 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                                      What's the income of 20% Rich and 80% poor in stan,Bangladesh. What's the income of 20% Rich and 80% poor in India. Compare
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                                        andy
                                        Feb 18, 2016 at 3:46 am
                                        this warning to the Muslims in India ,that anti India activities won't be tolerated .They should be aware what is going through middle east countries ,mes are running amok after destabilizing of their countries. They do not want same thing happen to them
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                                          bimal krishna
                                          Feb 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm
                                          A right place for accused keeping in view of his personal safety, expeditious/ fast track fair trial is much needed.
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                                            Raghavan
                                            Feb 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm
                                            The conduct of the lawyers at Patiala House is, to say the least, disgraceful, and a violation of the Advocates Act. The Bar Council, suo motto, must initiate proceedings, and take action against the lawyers concerned. Lawyers are not above the law.
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