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Live: Delhi Police officers were trying to protect JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, says Bassi
  • 18:21 (IST)

    Now, stones hurled at CPI(M) office in Chandigarh

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Delhi law and order situation fast deteriorating: Kejriwal

  • 17:55 (IST)

    Trigger for Patiala House violence is JNU incident: Javadekar

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar reportedly said that the trigger for the Patiala House violence is the JNU incident.

    "Some anti-national forces are affecting students," NDTV quoted Javadekar as saying. "What happened in JNU and Jadavpur is unacceptable," he further said.

  • 17:44 (IST)

    According to ABP News, Kanhaiya Kumar told the court that he was saved by the Delhi Police.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Mob at Patiala House court complex allegedly called panel appointed by SC 'agents of Pakistan'

  • 17:38 (IST)

    Bassi releases image of Kanhaiya Kumar's written statement

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Kanhaiya Kumar injured, says report

    A medical report has said that Kanhaiya Kumar was injured on his back and legs due to the violence at the Patiala House court complex.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Supreme Court to take up the issue of Patiala court violence on Thursday.

    According to PTI, the apex court has decided to take up the Patiala court violence issue on Thursday. Lawyers' panel also told the Supreme Court that there is a serious threat to the safety and security of the accused who was beaten outside and was even pushed by unknown persons in courtroom.

    SC has also asked the senior lawyers' panel and Delhi High Court Registrar General to file their report on Thursday over the incidents in Patiala House court.

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Bassi acting on directions of Home Minister, should be removed: Brinda Karat

    CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat lashed out at Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi and said that he has no right to continue as the police commissioner now. "These people have to be prosecuted and put in jail...It is the Delhi Police which is directing all this," she told reporters.

    "He (Bassi) has to be removed. He is acting on the directions of the Home Minister. The Police Commisioner, who has allowed this not once but twice, should not be allowed to continue in office," Karat said.

    "Can such a man continue in the post of police commissioner?" she further said.

  • 17:03 (IST)

    An advocate from Delhi has written a letter to the Bar Council through Firstpost. "I therefore, most humbly, call upon the Bar Council of Delhi to initiate a suo-moto enquiry and especially to look in to whether these persons were in fact enrolled as advocates with the Bar. We are all, as advocates, comrades in arms. We cannot allow such a disservice to our profession go unnoticed, much less un-enquired," he said in his letter.

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Jail authorities and the Delhi Police have been told to step up security measures inside the jail in which Kanhaiya Kumar has been sent to, sources told Firstpost.

    The court also directed authorities to provide any documents required for Kanhaiya Kumar's defence.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    I don't support the 9 Feb incident inside JNU campus: Kanhaiya Kumar

    JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar issued a statement while in police custody and clarified that he did not support the 9 February incident inside the JNU campus.

    "I am an Indian and I don't support anti-national activities," CNN-IBN quoted Kumar as saying in his statement. "I appeal to police and students who are there in the university to not disturb the peace in the country."

    "I believe in India's Constitution...I don't support the 9 February incident inside the JNU campus. I condemn it," the statement further said.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Delhi Police was trying to protect Kanhaiya Kumar: BS Bassi

    Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, in defence of the Delhi Police, said that the Delhi Police was actually trying to protect Kanhaiya Kumar as he entered the court premises and that all the people responsible for the assault had been summoned by the police.

    "He (Kanhaiya Kumar) was escorted by the required number of police officers. He was taken care of. In the process, our police officers were also subjected to a lot of heckling and jostling," Bassi told reporters.

    "One had no option but to go through the crowd. There was a lot of jostling. My officers have informed that despite a very excited crowd, my officers were able to go through the crowd," he further said.

    "I'm told Kanhaiya lost one of his slippers," Bassi said. When questioned about the police action taken during the violence, he said, "Some of our police officers were covering him from behind and front. One of our officers put his hand on his head so nothing hit him."

    "Our tactic was that we should not use force because use of force in a court complex can be counter-productive," he further said.

    Bassi also clarified that he has not received any summons from the Supreme Court.

    On being asked whether any action had been taken against the lawyer who attacked journalists and activists, Bassi said, "I have already summoned three persons in this case. Three lawyers, including Mr Chauhan, have been summoned." He also said that BJP MLA OP Sharma had also been summoned.

    A defensive Bassi then said that he had to follow law and order while dealing with such a situation. "I have to go as per the law and procedure," he said. "I can understand the pain and anguish on the part of an ordinary citizen. But I have to do things are per law and order."

    The Delhi Police Commissioner also said that he will be sending a report on the incident to MHA.

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Lawyer who attacked Firstpost journalist Tarique Anwar has some powerful friends

    Vikram Singh Chauhan, the lawyer who shamelessly assaulted journalists and activists at the Patiala House court premises, has some very powerful friends. It's no wonder, then, that he brazenly carried on with the attack.

    Read more here.

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Kanhaiya Kumar sent to judicial custody

    According to reports, the JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar has been sent to judicial custody till 2 March.

  • 16:11 (IST)

    Shoe hurled at Kapil Sibal

    According to The Hindu, a shoe was hurled at Kanhaiya Kumar's lawyer Kapil Sibal at the Patiala House court.

  • 16:10 (IST)

    SC-appointed panel also attacked

    The Supreme Court-appointed panel which visited the Patiala House Court complex was also attacked by the lawyers there.

    We wonder if the attackers have decided that they will start attacking anyone who steps inside the court.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Here are the names of the lawyers who have been sent to Patiala House court by the Supreme Court:

  • 16:05 (IST)

    Another incident stone-pelting at Patiala court

    Some witnesses have said that the police did try to stop the violence, but failed to do so. CPI member Dhirendra Sharma said, "I was standing near gate 5 of the court complex. Suddenly, as Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced in court, they beat him up. The police tried to intervene, but could not stop the violence.

    Firstpost's Sameer Yasir said that the agitators wer shouting slogans on the second floor of the campus, even as there was a huge rush of mediapersons outside the building. There has been yet another incident of violence, with people throwing stones at journalists as they approached the gate to the court.

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Here are the names of the lawyers who have been sent to Patiala House court by the Supreme Court:

  • 15:21 (IST)

    SC steps in, sends delegation to assess situation

    SC takes cognisance of the unruly scenes outside court and has sent a delegation to assess the situation outside the Patiala House Court complex. SC has decided to sitbeyond 4 pm till it gets a report from the delegation. 

    SC was informed by senior advocate Indira Jaising that Kanhaiya Kumar has been attacked in court premises.

    Kanhaiya Kumar was reportedly beaten up outside the court premise. 

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Kanhaiya Kumar heckled at court

    SC rushes a team of lawyers with police protection to assess the ground situation at Patiala House court after TV channels reported that Kanhaiya Kumar was heckled outside the court premise. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    The police were mute spectators when journalists were first attacked on Monday, and they were mute spectators on Wednesday as well, said Firstpost's Tarique Anwar

  • 15:12 (IST)

    In dramatic visuals, two groups of lawyers were seen in an ugly confrontation outside the Patiala House court ahead of the production of Kanhaiya Kumar in court.

  • 15:12 (IST)

    The police were in fact present at the court complex even as a group of lawyers was taking the law into their own hands. However, as journalists were attacked and Kanhaiya Kumar suffered an assault, they appeared to be missing from action.

  • 15:11 (IST)

    In a shocking display of brute force, lawyers were seen thrashing Firstpost reporter Tarique Anwar outside the court.

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Now, stones pelted on journalists

    There seems to be no end to the ongoing violence at the Patiala court. NDTV has reported that stones were pelted at journalists outside the court complex. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court asked the counsel for the Delhi government to tell the city's police commissioner to take action against those indulging in violence irrespective of their profession. If only the agitating lawyers paid heed to the apex court's strong words.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    With friends like these, who needs the police? Meet Vikram Singh Chauhan

    In a white shirt and black trousers and with vermillion on his forehead, Delhi High Court lawyer Vikram Singh Chauhan sits with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in his Facebook cover photo. 

    In his profile photo, the lawyer is standing with BJP veteran LK Advani. That's not it. Starting from Shankarsinh Vaghela to Vijayvargiya and BJP's Nirmala Sitharaman, Vikram has the knack for finding himself in the right place with the right company (pun unintended). 

  • 14:42 (IST)

    The more things change, the more they stay the same

    It is important to note that lawyer Vikram Chauhan, who was the first person to hit the CPI(M) activist on Monday, was again the person who started assaulting Tarique Anwar on Wednesday outside the Patiala House Court complex. 

  • 14:31 (IST)

    If the rumours are true, here is BS Bassi's template for success - with apologies to Rudyard Kipling

    If you can sit with your arms crossed, while violence ensues in court

    If you can order your subordinates to do the same, while law and order takes a hike

    If you make sure your responsibility is only to your political masters and not those you are appointed to protect

    And when asked, stay belligerent... always stay belligerent;

    Then you too, my son, can one day become Chief Information Commissioner.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    #LawlessLawyers?

  • 14:21 (IST)

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Is BS Bassi in for a reward?

    CNN-IBN quoted sources as saying that BS Bassi could be next Chief Information Commissioner. Bassi's tenure as the police commissoner of Delhi finishes on 29 February. 

     
    Selection panel to chose the new Chief Information Commissioner on 19 February.

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Hearing deferred till 22 Feb

    After the scuffle outside the Patiala House Court complex, Supreme Court has deferred hearing the sedition case of Kanhaiya Kumar on 22 February. 

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Watch: Firstpost reporter Tarique Anwar assaulted while Delhi police just watched

  • 14:10 (IST)

    FP reporter Tarique Anwar assaulted by lawyers while Delhi Police looks on

    Mr BS Bassi, please read this carefully.

    Firstpost reporter Tarique 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." 

    According to Anwar, Delhi police officers who were standing inside the court premises didn't even blink, instead they stood and watched and told Anwar, "Aap yahan rukiye."

    According to Anwar, the Delhi police official was of ACP rank and Tarique escaped only when other journalists raised an alarm and asked the police to let him go.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Court gate closed after clashes

    Speaking to mediapersons outside the court complex, a protesting lawyer said, "Jo Pakistan zindabad keh rahe hain, aap unhe hero bana rahe hain." Later, the court gate was closed after clashes took place between two groups of lawyers.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Fresh protests reported at court


    Lawyers including Vikram Chauhan raised slogans of 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' outside Patiala House Court complex in New Delhi. The protests were reported after SC restricted entry  in Kanhaiya Kumar's hearing. 

  • 13:35 (IST)

    SC asks cops to ensure proper security at Patiala House court

    The apex court ordered that there will be restricted entry of people which will include the lawyers for the accused and prosecution, in the court room during the proceedings relating to the remand of Kanhaiya whose extended police custody of two days is expiring today.

    Besides the presence of lawyers of both sides, the bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and A M Sapre said that the two family members of the accused, if present, will be allowed in the court room, otherwise one faculty member of JNU and a student would be allowed on behalf of the accused.

    The bench also restricted the entry of mediapersons inside the court room during the proceeding by limiting it to five journalists.

    It said that 25 journalists would be allowed to enter the compound and all the entries would be allowed only after proper identification and verification.

    The apex court asked the Delhi High Court Registrar General to be present in the Patiala House court complex for verification of people or group of people who have been allowed access to the court room and its compound.

    It, however, said that the directions given by it were limited to only today.

    The bench was informed that administrative committee of the Delhi High Court will meet at 2 PM today to analyse and peruse the report of the District Judge who was asked to prepare the account of the incident that had taken place on February 15 at the Patiala House court where the lawyers had thrashed students, teachers and journalists who were presnt in connection with the Kanhaiya Kumar case. 

    PTI

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Jadavpur University VC issues statement

    Jadavpur University VC Suranjan Das said that the rally in the campus was not officially convened by the students' union. 

    "Some fringe elements raised slogans, we condemn it. Entire university can't be defamed. The entire Jadavpur University student body can not be condemned," said Das.

  • 13:31 (IST)

  • 13:11 (IST)

    JNU VC speaks to the media

    There was no police presence in campus, JNU vice-chancellor says while briefing media. "We strongly condemn the attack on faculty and students that happened in Patial House Court on Monday." 

    It was alleged that Jagadesh Kumar had given unfettered access to the police inside the campus. But the vice-chancellor on Wednesday confirmed that the allegations were untrue and have no basis.

  • 13:02 (IST)

    SC directs Delhi HC Registrar-General to be present in Patiala House Court

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, in an unprecedented direction, has also asked the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court to be present in court when Kanhaiya Kumar is produced, PTI reported.. The order gives an indicator of the fact that the top court has taken serious note of the violence in the Patiala House court on Monday.

  • 12:55 (IST)

  • 12:54 (IST)

    No clean chit to Kanhaiya, says Bassi

    Delhi Police Commissioner briefed the PMO on Wednesday and told mediapersons that Kanhaiya was arrested on the basis of evidence collected against him. "We are the ones carrying out the investigation and people are the ones coming up with conjectures. Kabhi Pradeep ki kavita yaad ati hai, dekh tere sansar ki halat kya ho gayee bhagwan, kitna badal gaya insan,"

    "We have been impartial throughout the investigation into the JNU case," Bassi told mediapersons. Bassi added that the police is probing all aspects of the case and others connected to the case will be apprehended soon.

  • 12:46 (IST)

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Kanhaiya hearing today, SC orders these precautions

    Only five reporters will be allowed into the courtroom today when Kanhaiya Kumar is brought to Delhi court. Supporters of Kanhaiya have to pick two representatives to attend the hearing, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

    The rules were issued as judges took up the case of Monday's shocking and so far unpunished attacks on journalists and JNU students and faculty by a group of lawyers and a BJP legislator, OP Sharma.

    Despite the violence being caught on camera, the Delhi Police has not arrested anyone yet, and its two cases are registered against "unknown persons" even though some of the attackers, including Sharma, cannot just be clearly seen in photos and videos, but have admitted to participating in the beatings.

  • 12:37 (IST)

    I criticised PM Modi and RSS: Kanhaiya

    According to the interrogation report of Kanhaiya Kumar, the students' union leader has denied raising anti-India slogans at the pro-Afzal event that was organised on the JNU campus on 9 February. However, Kumar admitted criticising RSS and PM Modi.

  • 12:36 (IST)

    After Jadavpur University rally, MHA asks Bengal govt for report

    After students in Kolkata raised slogans in support of terrorist Afzal Guru, the Home Ministry has asked the West Bengal government for a report.

    On Tuesday evening, at a rally at Jadavpur University, cheers were raised eulogising Afzal Guru, hanged in 2013 for masterminding the attack on Parliament in 2001.  Slogans supporting independence for Kashmir from India were also heard, though the focal point of the rally was to express solidarity with Delhi's JNU and Kanhaiya.  

    "Please let me tell you in what context I have said that. We all love our country. 'Azadi' for us signifies freedom from atrocities, atrocities of the Modi government, and freedom from intolerance," student leader named Nirjhar Mukhopadhay, who was one of the main organisers of the event, told NDTV.

  • 12:27 (IST)

    'We said sorry for shouting slogans, but why should we be embarrassed?'

The crisis surrounding Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is not going to recede any time soon. Apart from an urgent Supreme Court hearing on the scuffle between lawyers, students, mediapersons and one BJP MLA, which happened at the Patiala House Courts complex on Monday, Jadavpur University students and students from Aligarh Muslim University have joined the JNU students in raising slogans criticising the government.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to give an urgent hearing on Wednesday to a plea seeking action against those involved when lawyers attacked journalists and students while a Delhi BJP MLA assaulted a CPI(M) member at the Patiala House Courts complex in the heart of the National Capital.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju set off another storm hours before the hearing, asking what the fuss was all about: "Was there a murder?" he asked.

The petition filed by ND Jaiprakash, an alumnus of JNU, who was hurt in the violence on Monday, sought action against the people involved in the violence and over the "inaction" on the part of the Delhi Police.

The petition, which was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur by senior advocate Indira Jaising, also demanded that the security measures in the court complex should be such that no person becomes a victim of violence.

BJP MLA OP Sharma assaulting CPI(M) activist in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

BJP MLA OP Sharma assaulting CPI(M) activist in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

The petition said the violence witnessed in the court not only endangered the life of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar — arrested in a case of sedition — but also prevented journalists from carrying out their work of reporting court proceedings. It said the Kanhaiya will be produced in court again on expiry of his police remand.

Meanwhile, slogans eulogising parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru and demands for "azadi" echoed in Jadavpur University in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Slogans like "Afzal bole azadi, jab tum na doge azadi, toh chheen lenge azadi, arey chheen ke lenge azadi" were heard during a torchlight procession brought out at Jadavpur University in protest against the "atrocities" perpetrated on JNU students by the Narendra Modi government.

The row over JNU started on 9 February when the students' union leader Kanhaiya Kumar addressed a gathering in the college campus and protested against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

"What we mean to say is that we don’t need a patriotism certificate from the RSS. We don’t need a nationalist certificate from the RSS. We belong to this country and we love the soil. We fight for the 80 percent of the poor population in the country. This is patriotism for us. We have full faith in Babasaheb, we have full faith in our country’s constitution and we want to strongly say that if anyone points fingers on the constitution of this country, be it Sanghi or anyone else, we will not tolerate that finger."

Kanhaiya Kumar is the first All-India Students Federation member to become JNUSU president. The student was charged with sedition and was immediately taken into custody.

Vice-Chancellor Jadesh Kumar appealed to the students to not resort to strikes and protests so that academic functioning of the university is not hampered. “We also stand for free expression of ideas but I believe there is no need for strikes as the problem can be solved amicably. We are reaching out to the entire JNU community to see how the problem can be addressed but academic functioning of the university is of prime importance and should not be hampered,” he told reporters.

While the teachers association of the university have raised questions over the VC allowing a police crackdown on campus, Kumar said he was bound with the “law of land”. “I never invited the police to enter the campus and pick our students. We only provided whatever cooperation was needed as per the law of land. We were bound to do so,” he added.

An united Opposition vehemently protested against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's diktat against the agitating students of JNU. Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Monday took potshots at Rajnath Singh for saying that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed backed the Afzal Guru event at the JNU campus in New Delhi.

"The home minister relies on a fake Twitter handle for information," Karat, who visited the campus on Monday, told the media.

That set the ball rolling. Soon, former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani was charged with sedition and and questioned for several hours. Geelani was arrested as early as 3 am on Tuesday.

At an event in Press Club on 10 February, in which Geelani was present on the dais along with three other speakers, a group allegedly had shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru. Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the police registered a case against Geelani and other unnamed persons on 12 February.

Police had claimed that Geelani was booked as he is presumed to be the "main organiser" of the event.

The growing political tension over these alleged anti-India protests at the JNU campus which spilled over to a Delhi court where a mob of lawyers thrashed reporters and mediapersons before the hearing of Kanhaiya's sedition case. This happened even as the police present at the spot remained mute spectators, according to an NDTV report.

The escalating stand-off over the arrest of Kanhaiya saw the students going on strike until he is released. Reports on Monday afternoon said that teachers of the university have decided to join the agitating students over the ongoing row as well.

"A group of people in the garb of lawyers, but were sympathisers of the BJP, thrashed JNU students who were produced in court today… The lawyers indulged in rowdyism. Outside the court, BJP MLA OP Sharma and a group of hooligans attacked students and journalists. The phones of journalists were snatched away. These people were aware that they were journalists… This hooliganism unleashed by the BJP… they may be shouting patriotic slogans… but that is totally to misguide the people. The hooligans were led by a BJP MLA," Congress spokesperson PC Chacko is quoted in The Indian Express.

The BJP's Delhi legislator OP Sharma allegedly attacked a CPI(M) activist and JNU students at the Patiala House Court on Monday. The party backed Sharma, saying he was opposing anti-India slogans and was hit on the head first, to which he reacted.

"Main goli bhi maar deta agar bandook hoti. Koi hamari Ma ko gaali dega to kya usey maaroge nahin (I would have opened fire if I had a gun. If someone abuses our mother, won’t I beat him up)."

This is what Sharma said when he was asked by reporters why did he thrash a CPM activist in the court premise on Monday. Sharma, who boasts of a close association with union finance minister Arun Jaitley, is ill-reputed for his foul language and violent behaviour.

Activists and senior politicians termed the scuffle at the court as a black day in India's democracy.

As a result of Monday's attacks on students and media, eminent mediapersons on Tuesday decided to protest against Monday's assault. Senior TV journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai, NDTV's Barkha Dutt, Sonal Mehrotra and Nidhi Razdan were among the few who led the march on Tuesday.


Published Date: Feb 17, 2016 05:15 pm | Updated Date: Feb 17, 2016 06:21 pm