Lawyers turn lawless again, assault JNU student leader; SC steps in
Attack prompts apex court to order evacuation of Patiala House court, protests spread to campuses across country
Mobs of lawyers heckled journalists and kicked and punched Kanhaiya Kumar when he was brought to court to f ace sedition charges on Wednesday, prompting t he Supreme Court to ask officials to ensure the JNU student leader’s safety.
The Supreme Court asked authorities to evacuate Delhi’s Patiala House court and rushed six top advocates to assess the situation after two groups of lawyers violently clashed, attacking journalists and throwing stones at media vehicles. It also asked for reports on the violence from the Delhi high court registrar general and the city police.
As Kumar stepped out of a police van, a group of lawyers lunged at him, landing kicks and punches, while officers quickly dragged him away. Although some 400 policemen were deployed at the court gates, Kumar was also slapped and abused by the lawyers shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, leaving him with serious injuries. A team of doctors was brought to the court to examine him after the hearing. Police filed an FIR against unknown persons for the attack.
Later, Metropolitan Magistrate Loveleen sent Kumar to Tihar Jail till March 2. But he was kept in the courtroom till 5pm by when the crowd outside dispersed.
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