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Bar Council apologises to media, Kanhaiya Kumar; promises strong action against guilty lawyers

NEW DELHI(PTI): The Bar Council of India has decided to crack the whip on the group of unruly lawyers who indulged in violence at the Patiala House Court complex here, saying the licences of those found guilty will be suspended for life.

Apologising for the violence in the court premises on Wednesday which had occurred for a second time in a row ahead of the hearing of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s sedition case, BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said names of the bar members, if found guilty of indulging in this violence, will be removed from the roll.

“I seek apology from media persons and that boy Kanhaiya Kumar for such mishappenings and misconduct. Strong action will be taken against lawyers, if found guilty of indulging in violence at Patiala House Court. The action includes suspension of their licence for their entire life. Therefore, we can remove name of any of the advocates from the roll of Bar Council for whole life,” Mishra said.

The apex law body has set up a three-member committee, headed by a former High Court judge, to probe the incidents of February 15 and 17 at the Patiala Court where a group of lawyers attacked Kanhaiya and thrashed students, media persons as well as a team of senior advocates constituted by the Supreme Court which had gone there to take a stock of the situation.

“We have made a special request to the committee to submit its report and complete its proceedings within three weeks from today and we hope that soon after receiving the report of inquiry committee, we will take a strong action against the guilty,” he said.
He said BCI has taken a serious view of the incidents and termed it “shameful” and added “handful of lawyers have done this.”
The men dressed in lawyers’ robes had allegedly thrown sharp-edged objects at the team of senior lawyers and hurled abuses and expletives at them.

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  1. None of the three lawyers, who were summoned by Delhi Police in connection with the January 15 attack on journalists, students and teachers of JNU in Patiala House court, appeared before the police.

    While one of the three lawyers has been identified as Vikram Singh Chauhan, names of the other two have not been disclosed by the police.

    “However, none of them turned up before the police on Wednesday,” a senior police official said.

    BJP legislator OP Sharma was also issued summons asking him to appear before the police on Thursday, the official said.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said “the lawyers have been summoned to appear before police at 3 PM. If they do not appear, I will move court and obtain warrants.” Bassi also said Chauhan was absconding.

    However, Chauhan on Wednesday allegedly led a brazen attack on journalists and JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar at the Patiala House court.

    Meanwhile, a person who identified himself as one Surendra Tyagi came outside the court and claimed that he was among the attackers too. Boasting about his action, he confronted the media saying “we have done our job for today.”

    However, the police have so far found no video clip in which Tyagi can be seen assaulting anyone. “Claims by the concerned person are yet to be verified,” an official said, adding that Tyagi was not one of the three persons who have been sent summons so far.

    Despite restrictions by the Supreme Court, the lawyers entered the Patiala House court complex on Wednesday and roughed up a few journalists, snatched their mobiles and deleted video footage.

    All the while, journalists alleged, police looked the other way.

    When contacted, Chauhan claimed he was being targetted. “These JNU people had sent their goons to the court premises. They raised anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans following which a section of lawyers voiced opposition to their acts. We were provoked,” he claimed.