February 21, 2016 3:34:36 am
Police Saturday arrested a lawyer in connection with the assault by a group of lawyers on journalists and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), at the Patiala House Courts complex last week. However, the lawyer, Om Sharma was released on bail within an hour of his arrest.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said Sharma, who has a chamber in Patiala House, was arrested after he joined the investigation at Tilak Marg police station at about 3 pm Saturday. “He was booked under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and 427 (causing damage to property) of the IPC,” he added.
Police said Sharma was questioned till 6.30 pm. “He was then arrested and released on bail at 7.30 pm. During questioning, he rejected allegations of beating up journalists and claimed the journalists got into a scuffle with the students,”said a senior police officer.
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Besides Sharma, two other lawyers, Vikram Singh Chauhan and Yashpal Singh, were issued notice by police thrice, asking them to join the probe between Wednesday and Friday.
Speaking to The Indian Express earlier, Sharma had said he had beaten up a JNU student after he was “provoked”. However, police said he denied beating anyone up during questioning. “He told police that he had come to see JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar being produced in court. He said some lawyers had asked students sitting inside the court room to give up their seats, following which students entered into a heated argument with journalists,” police said, adding that Sharma claimed he did not know who the other lawyers were.
“Police had already issued notice under Section 160 of CrPC to two other lawyers who had led the attack. But they did not join the probe, despite being issued notices three times. Police are likely to move the court in the coming week,” said sources.
When contacted, Sharma said he had gone to the station after receiving the second summoning letter. He said police had released him after he deposited a bail bond of Rs 5,000.
Sources said another lawyer, Yashpal Singh, has replied to the summons and would join the investigation soon. However, police said there has been no reply from Chauhan yet.
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