New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday termed as "a direct attack on judiciary" the assault on journalists and JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar by a group of lawyers in Patiala House court complex in New Delhi and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of subjugating the judiciary and media.
The party also attacked Delhi Police and the Centre, alleging that the law enforcing agency cannot openly "defy" the orders of the Supreme Court unless it had a support from the government.
Hitting out at Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said, he was "only serving his master".
"Police cannot be inactive after the Supreme Court's instructions unless there are orders from the top of the government.
"Modi wants to subjugate the judiciary and the media. Whatever is happening in Patiala House court premises is direct attack on judiciary. This is not possible without support of Modi government. Do you still want B S Bassi to continue as police chief? But he is only serving his master," Ashutosh said.
The party said it is difficult to imagine that on what basis police ignored the directions of the top court to provide adequate security to journalists covering the court hearing.
"Not only were the journalists beaten up for the second time in three days in full public view by BJP goons but they also targeted senior Supreme Court lawyers, who were asked by the apex court to assess the situation at the Patiala House Court Complex.
"Delhi Police continued to remain a mute spectator when all this was going on. These goons again entered the court rooms and attacked innocent people again. Such scenes are unheard of in the national capital and the attitude of Delhi Police makes the citizens hang their heads in shame," the party said.
First Published On : Feb 17, 2016 22:47 IST