In all probability, a person who brazenly assaults people at court premises on two separate incidents while the Delhi Police shamelessly looks on will have some powerful friends.
As it turns out, Delhi High Court lawyer Vikram Singh Chauhan, who assaulted a CPI(M) activist on Monday and Firstpost reporter Tarique Anwar on Wednesday, has some powerful friends in many political parties.
On Wednesday, Anwar was assaulted and beaten up by lawyers who are protesting anti-national comments by Kanhaiya Kumar outside the Patiala House Court complex in New Delhi.
"There were two groups of lawyers. One was shouting slogans like Gaddaron ko bahar karo, and there was another group who supported the JNU student and were yelling 'Kanhaiya tum sangharsh karo hum tumhare saath hain.' I went inside and stood next to the police. I took out my phone to send an update to the office and saw the scuffle between the two groups. I took a photo when the group of lawyers protesting against Kanhaiya took my phone, deleted the photo and took me inside and assaulted me. All this happened in front of the Delhi police," Anwar said.
Such an attack usually takes place because of people who believe that they have enough power due to which no can harm them. Here are some of Chauhan's powerful friends:
People like Vikram Singh Chauhan usually think they can just start beating up people on the road for having a different point of view when they are good friends with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Chauhan hangs out with one of the (former) most powerful people in the BJP, LK Advani. We're really wondering, though, why Advani has his hands folded in the picture.
Anurag Thakur, Kailash Vijayvargiya
Chauhan is seen with BJP MP Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Kailash Vijayviargiya, the politician best known for calling Shah Rukh Khan 'anti-national' and claiming that Khan's 'soul is in Pakistan'.
Among Chauhan's friends in the NDA government is Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Chauhan looks pleased as he poses for a photo with Health Minister JP Nadda.
With the kind of political support that Vikram Singh Chauhan has, one gets the idea of the kind of political power which emboldened him to attack journalists and activists in court premises.
And it also tells us that the assault was driven by anything but nationalism.