JNU row: Students, journalists attacked in court premises

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Monday claimed that the students of Jawharlal Nehru University (JNU) and journalists were beaten up a group of men dressed as lawyers at the Patiala House Courts complex in the Capital.

Lawyers shout slogans against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar outside the Patiala House Courts complex on Monday.

The students had come to express solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is expected to be produced before the court in connection with a sedition case.

The incident took place despite heavy police deployment in the area.

Alok Singh, an Indian Express correspondent was among those who were attacked. Their identity has not been established but according to Mr. Singh, the group had indiscriminately attacking whosoever they spotted and suspected to be Kumar’s supporter.

Commenting on the incident, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said that “law will take its own course” and anybody found violating it will be dealt accordingly.

Plea for NIA probe

A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe in the sedition case in which JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested. The plea, which was mentioned before a Bench of Justices B.D. Ahmed and R.K. Gauba, also sought a judicial inquiry in the entire case, soon after a group of men dressed as lawyers thrashed students and mediapersons in the Patiala House court complex. More…


Kumar’s three days’ police remand comes to an end on Monday and the proceedings are expected to be in-camera after the security breach.



Top Developments:


1 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his stand on the JNU row. The BJP president’s tough stand indicates that the party is willing to slug it out with the Congress and other opposition parties over an issue it believes will help reaffirm its nationalist credentials and put the Opposition in a corner.

2 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Dattatreya Hosabale has alleged that it is a result of a “conspiracy” and those who raised slogans in support of Pakistan and Afzal Guru are “traitors” and should be charged with treason. More…

3 The CPI(M) has attacked the Narendra Modi Government, alleging that it “directed the crisis” at JNU and was attempting to impose ideological hegemony on varsities in the country. The leader was at the campus to express solidarity with JNU students who are on strike demanding release of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.More…

4 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday alleged that the event organised on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University had the backing of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed. JuD is the philanthropy arm of terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). More…

5 While Opposition parties sought proof from Mr. Singh for his comments, the Minister’s statement also triggered a sharp response from social media users who taunted him for allegedly relying on a “fake tweet” from an unverified Twitter account.

6 A Home Ministry spokesperson later clarified that the “statement of the Home Minister was based on inputs from different agencies.” Asked to clarify who they were, the spokesperson said they were different intelligence and security agencies.

7 JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of an event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised. More…

8 The university also initiated action, barring eight students from academic activity pending an enquiry, though they would be allowed to stay as guests in the hostels.

9 Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani echoed the Home Minister, asserting that “the nation will not tolerate an ‘insult’ to Mother India.”

10 Seven of eight JNU students who were debarred from academic activities earlier this week in connection with a controversial event held on the campus, have been asked to appear before a high-level committee of the varsity probing the matter.
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