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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

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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