The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear the case filed by a group of journalists against the attack on media persons outside the Patiala House Court on Monday, 14 February. “It is unfortunate that security personnel of Delhi Police did nothing even as the assault continued”, the IWPC delegation led by its president T K Rajalakshmi, general secretary Ravinder Bawa and vice-president Shobhna Jain, said.
The group submitted a memorandum, seeking cancellation of licences of lawyers involved in the assault.
When contacted, Chauhan told PTI,”Around 100 to 150 goons who claimed to be from JNU entered the court premises and occupied seats of lawyers”.
Following the incident, two FIRs were registered against unnamed persons under relevant Sections of the IPC, with the police taking suo motu cognisance of the entire episode.
Few JNU students attended classes in New Delhi on Monday amid a university call to strike.
Attacking Delhi Police over its inaction when journalists and JNU students were being thrashed in the court complex, AAP dubbed them “deaf and dumb”, and asked why no action was taken against BJP MLA O P Sharma for his alleged involvement in the assault.
Teachers’ bodies of 40 central universities and Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) had also come out in support of the agitating students, saying it is an issue of “indiscipline” and not “sedition”.
Trashing the sedition charges labelled against the JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, the former Union minister wondered as to “how Delhi Police could move in the matter when no investigation was done by the university authorities”.
“There were anti-India slogans in JNU and those who gave those slogans have not been arrested yet”.
“And secondly, as there were CCTV cameras where the incident of assault must have been recorded, we demand that the perpetrators of the assault be brought to book at the earliest”, they said. “In Kannur, the attacks on BJP and RSS are a continuing affair”.
Sibal alleged that events at JNU by the BJP and its related organisations were ploys to divert attention from “paralysis of governance and grave economic crisis” faced by the country. “Such observations will encourage only those elements who already believe that they are above the law of the land”. “Is it because BJP is in alliance with PDP?”