Moments after Supreme Court condemning incidents of rowdyism at the Patiala Court premises, a group of men dressed in lawyers’ robes, again resorted to vandalism today. They barged into the Patiala House court complex and allegedly beat up a journalist and a student ahead of the hearing in the sedition case of JNU students’ union President Kanhaiya Kumar. When Kanhaiya Kumar was being taken into the court hall, the lawyers tried to pounce on him and manhandle him. The lawyers claimed that they are not goondas or traitors but patriots, raised slogans “Vande Mataram” and waving India’s flag in the court premises. The group was led by Vikram Chauhan, one of the lawyers who had attacked JNU students and faculty on February 15.
The journalist, identified as Anwar of news channel CNN IBN, said despite heavy police deployment, clashes erupted in the court complex and the cops’ presence did not deter the lawyers from shouting slogans and fighting with journalists and students.
The Supreme Court restricted the number of people inside the courtroom, allowing only five reporters and two supporters of the arrested students to attend the hearing.
The Court sent a six-member lawyers team to study and report on the incidents and alleged security failure.