Kanhaiya Kumar beaten up,SC orders adjournment hearing after violence at Patiala House Court

Delhi: Kanhaiya Kumar was produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate at Patiala House court complex on Wednesday, which saw a repeat of Monday’s clashes between lawyers and journalists.

In an open defiance of Supreme Court order, a large group of men dressed in lawyers’ robes today again 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.

The Supreme Court had, earlier in the day, restricted the number of people inside the courtroom, allowing only five reporters and two supporters of the arrested students to attend the hearing.

The apex court had acted on a petition that alleged that the police were a “mute spectator to the brazen display of brute force” on February 15.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on Friday after a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy was registered over holding an event on the varsity campus during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

15:53 PM
Patiala House Row — Part 2

In open defiance of the Supreme Court order, the group of lawyers which assaulted journalists on Monday, again attacked mediapersons and JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar when he was being produced at the Patiala House Court. Reacting to the events, the apex court rushed a team of lawyers with police protection to assess the ground situation in the court, hours after it had issued a series of directions to ensure peace in the court in the wake of Monday’s violence.

“We are concerned about the law and order situation,” a Supreme Court bench said when senior lawyer Indira Jaisingh informed the court about the fresh violence including the assault on Kumar when he was brought for remand proceedings. Chanting slogans like “Vande Mataram” and waving the tri-colour, the lawyers including Vikram Chauhan and some others who who had allegedly attacked the journalists, teachers and students of JNU inside and outside the court two days back, today came in a march to the court complex.

They managed to enter the court complex despite heavy police presence and roughed up a few journalists, snatched their mobiles and deleted video footage. Police looked the other way, the journalists alleged. One of the journalists, identified as Anwar of news channel CNN IBN, said despite heavy police deployment, clashes erupted in the court complex and the police presence did not deter the lawyers from shouting slogans and fighting with journalists and students. Soon after the fresh assault, lawyers made a mention of the incidents before a Supreme Court bench which asked the counsel of Delhi Police to find out the situation at Patiala House Court and get back to it in ten minutes.

The court also also said it may appoint local commissioner to take stock of the situation. The apex court asks counsel to tell Delhi Police Commissioner to take action against those indulging in violence irrespective of their profession. The court was also informed by senior advocate Indira Jaising that Kanhaiya has been attacked in the court premises when he was brought for remand proceedings.

15:45 PM
SC had said that only few people should be allowed inside Court, peace needs to be maintained. Despite that, when Kanhaiya was to be produced before magistrate in PHC, some lawyers attacked Kanhaiya: Prashant Bhushan

15:40 PM
SC adjourns Kanhaiya Kumar’s hearing, looking at the present situation.

15:39 PM
SC orally asks Delhi Police counsel Ajit Sinha to communicate to the magistrate to adjourn hearing, evacuate those present in the court room.

15:35 PM
We are concerned about the law and order situation: SC

15:29 PM
SC’s panel reaches PH Court, enters court room. Group of lawyers protests against the Panel and shout slogans against Kapil Sibal

15:28 PM
SC sends panel of Kapil Sibal, ADN Rao, Dushyant Dave, Hiren Rawat to take stock of situation at Patiala House Court; asked to submit report

15:25 PM
Police detain NSUI workers protesting at Raisina Road against JNU row.

15:22 PM
Kanhaiya Kumar being taken to court

15:15 PM
Supreme Court informed by senior advocate Indira Jaising that Kanhaiya Kumar has been attacked in court premises.

15:14 PM
Kanhaiya being manhandled while being taken to court.

15:13 PM
Team of senior lawyers including Kapil Sibal, Prashant Bhushan, to assess situation at Patiala House court

15:09 PM
Police struggle to bring Kanhaiya inside the court

15:08 PM
Kanhaiya Kumar being manhandled by police

15:00 PM
Supreme Court asks for report on what is happening Patiala House Court

14:57 PM
Stones pelted at media outside Patiala House court

14:55 PM
Stones pelted at journalists at Patiala Court House premises

14:50 PM
Kanhaiya Kumar manhandled by lawyers in Patiala Court

14:45 PM
Kanhaiya reaches Patiala House Court, security tightened at the premises

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JNU has produced great academicians and public figures. Itis a very premier institution of India. It’s widely respected also. We believe that JNU has a constructive alternative voice, which the country is equally eager to hear. There is also a very eloquent, powerful and constructive alternative voice in JNU, the country is equally eager to hear that voice: Union Minister RS Prasad

14:32 PM
Controversial Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid has been detained after he took out a march to express solidarity with JNU students and register protest against the arrest of former Delhi University professor S A R Geelani over alleged anti-India sloganeering.

Rashid was taken into preventive custody near Zero Bridge and lodged at Rajbagh Police Station, police officials said. They said Rashid, along with several dozen supporters, took out a march from his Jawahar Nagar residence in support of JNU students and against the arrest of S A R Geelani.

14:31 PM
Reactions on the attack have been coming in:

14:25 PM
Allahabad HC agrees to hear PIL filed against Rahul Gandhi for his support to JNU students. Matter to be heard in March.

14:04 PM
A group of lawyers supporting Kanhaiya Kumar speak about the beating of journalist.

14:00 PM
Tariq Anwar, the media person attacked by the group of lawyers has spoken about the incident

14:00 PM
More forces have been deployed at Patiala House Court

13:59 PM
Court gates have been closed following the attack. More security forces have been deployed at Patiala House Court premises.

13:45 PM
dna correspondent Azaan Javaid at the scene reports:

13:40 PM
Lawyers protested outside Patiala House court in Delhi. According to dna correspondent, a media person was beaten up by lawyers. The agitation is being led by Vikram Chauhan, the same lawyer who was involved in the attack on students and mediapersons on Monday. “There were two groups protesting there, a pro-Kanhaiya group and anti-Kanhaiya group. A person from anti-Kanhaiya group beat me up,” says Tariq Anwar, from Firstpost who was beaten up. Anwar claims he asked a cop to help out, and he was beaten up by the anti-Kanhaiya group for clicking a picture while the police watched.

13:38 PM
People who said ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ have been made heroes and we are being called ‘gundas’, says Vikram Chauhan, the lawyer leading the protest.

13:30 PM
PIL filed against Rahul Gandhi for his support to JNU students in Lucknow bench of Allahabad HC.

13:22 PM
Vikram Chauhan, the lawyer who lead attacked on Monday spoke about today’s scuffle.

13:13 PM
Eight students have been named by the JNU interim report which was prepared by the senior faculty members of JNU. Committee can submit report till 25 February. I have written to students to come before committee: JNU VC

13:03 PM
Supreme Court on the Patiala Court House row: Extreme views would destabilise the nation, people should be moderate in their approach. All of us are patriotic, nobody should degenerate our motherland but how can lawyers take law in their own hands?

12:58 PM
BS Bassi spoke about on-going probe in Kanhaiya Kumar’s case, “We have adequate evidence against JNU student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar on the basis of which he has been arrested. We have identified students who raised slogans. As per our investigation some outsiders were also involved apart from JNU students. JNU authorities are cooperating fully with us, all those who believe in integrity of country is cooperating with investigation. We are the ones carrying out the investigation. The public is coming up with conjectures.”

12:37 PM
SC says that only 20 people to be allowed during proceedings of Kanhaiya’s case.

Five journalists allowed inside the court and 25 in court premises.

SC permits either two members of accused’s family or one member of JNU faculty and one student to be present in the court room during hearing​ of Kanhaiya Kumar’s case.

12:36 PM
SC directs Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure full security to the accused when he is produced in the court. SC asks Registrar General of Delhi HC to be present in Patiala House Court complex when the accused will be produced for the proceedings.

12:31 PM
SC passes directive to restrict entry of journalists in order to ensure safety during the proceedings of Kanhaiya Kumar case.

12:30 PM
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi joins in BJP protest over JNU campus row in Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

12:16 PM
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has gone on record to say that no one is saying JNU is anti-national, it’s only the anti-national activities are being criticised.

12:16 PM

12:12 PM
Senior SC lawyer Prashant Bhusan willing to defend Prashant Bhushan

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan today alleged that arrested JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has been “falsely implicated” and that he is ready to represent him in court. “I am ready to represent Kanhaiya Kumar. I am usually busy with Supreme Court and High Court but if the need arises I will represent him because he is a fine student leader who has been falsely implicated,” Bhushan said.

12:05 PM
According to media reports, DCP Bassi says that there is no clean chit for Kanhaiya. He added that he has adequate material against the Students Union President.

12:00 PM
Meanwhile, the Delhi police conducted raids in Delhi and other parts of the country. According to reports, the police claim to have identified all the students seen in the footage of the event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Read more here.

11:53 AM
Meanwhile, because of the Patiala House Court scuffle, SC has said that only lawyers concerned with the JNUSU President case will be present in the court room for the hearing today.

The counsel for Delhi Police has assured SC that enough security arrangements have been made for today’s hearing at Patiala House Court.

On the other hand, when lawyer Rajeev Tadac shouted ‘Vande Mataram’ during hearing in SC to which the judges responded, ‘Is this what happens in top court’? Lawyer Rajeev Tadac sought forgiveness, in response to which court agreed to pardon him.

11:38 AM
JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar to be produced before court today, security tightened at Patiala House Court