JNU row: Lawyer ar­rested, gets bail

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Vi­jay Swa­roop vi­jay.swa­roop@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Delhi po­lice ar­rested on Satur­day one lawyer who al­legedly led an at­tack on stu­dents and jour­nal­ists in the Pa­tiala House court on Fe­bru­ary 15 and 17 but two of his co-ac­cused con­tin­ued to defy sum­mons.

He was re­leased on bail soon af­ter his ar­rest, po­lice said.

Om Sharma’s ar­rest came af­ter he was sum­moned thrice by the po­lice to join the probe into the at­tack on ar­rested JNU stu­dents’ union pres­i­dent Kanhaiya Ku­mar and later on jour­nal­ists.

Ku­mar was ar rested on charges of sedi­tion for al­legedly shout­ing anti-In­dia slo­gans dur­ing a cam­pus event to protest the hang­ing of 2001 Par­lia­ment at­tack con­vict Afzal Guru.

The other two lawyers, Vikram Chauhan and Yashpal Singh, how­ever, con­tin­ued to defy sum­mons by the po­lice, re­fus­ing to join the probe.

“He was ar rested un­der sec­tions of ri­ot­ing, un­law­ful as­sem­bly and vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt. He was in­ter­ro­gated at Tilak Marg po­lice sta­tion and later re­leased on bail,” DCP, New Delhi, Jatin Nar­wal said. Sources said that the po­lice will now move court to is­sue war­rants against the other two lawyers.

Mean­while, the Delhi govern­ment on Satur­day sent for foren­sic tests at least five video clips from the con­tro­ver­sial event that has snow­balled into a ma­jor con­tro­versy.

Sources said the clips were sent for tests to ver­ify their au­then­tic­ity fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that they were doc­tored to nail Kanhaiya Ku­mar.

New Delhi district mag­is­trate San­jay Ku­mar, con­duct­ing an in­quiry into the in­ci­dent, re­fused to com­ment on the is­sue.

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