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Patiala House Court on Monday witnessed a clash between a group of JNU students and a group of lawyers. A few journalists also got hurt in the process. NewsGram presents a first hand account of a journalist and a lawyer, who present alternate accounts of the event. You be the judge!

A) One account of the incidence:

When Lawyers acted as goons- First hand account of a journalist

By Amiya Kumar Kushwaha, Senior Legal Journalist, IANS

We were in a Patiala House court waiting for arrested JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to be produced when everything suddenly went wrong.

I was speaking to a staffer in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen when I heard someone sprint out and scream: “People from JNU are here. Throw them out, throw them out!”

In retrospect, it seems others were waiting for that signal.

A bunch of lawyers told everyone from the Jawaharlal Nehru University to leave the courtroom. They gave no reason for their conduct.

Sensing that things were getting ugly, some JNU professors decided to leave. As they were doing so, some lawyers got into a scuffle with them. I sensed something was seriously amiss.

That is when someone in lawyer’s attires turned his attention to me and asked me to get out. I decided to obey.

As I was leaving, I heard someone — I did not see who — shout “Yeh kaun hai?” (Who is he?)

The next moment, someone shoved me. Before I could recover, I was slapped — and then again slapped.

I just couldn’t understand what was going on. There was no provocation, nothing to deserve all this.

Fortunately for me, a few lawyers at the spot recognized me and came to my rescue. They dragged me out, and took me then towards Gate No. 2 of the Patiala House Court.

The situation there was far worse. Several journalists had been attacked there, including my former colleague and now Indian Express reporter Alok Singh.

Alok Singh told me that he and a group of journalists were standing outside the courtroom when some lawyers pounced on JNU students there and began thrashing them.

“As I started speaking to my chief reporter, the lawyers attacked me too. I kept telling them I was a journalist but they wouldn’t listen,” Alok Singh said.

“They slapped me, they kicked me, they snatched my mobile and broke it. And I saw others also being attacked for no apparent reason.”

Among the journalists who were assaulted were Amit Pandey of IBN7 and Manu Shankar of Kairali TV.

When Azaan Javed from DNA showed his media credentials, he was accused of being a JNU student and flashing a fake media card.

Women journalists who were in the Metropolitan Magistrate’s room with me were threatened and asked to leave.

They were Ritika Jain from DNA, Ankita Upadhyaya of Pioneer, Sana Shakil from the Times of India and Sneha Agarwal of Mail Today.

Other journalists also told me later that they saw O.P. Sharma, one of the three BJP legislators in Delhi, chase and attack a JNU student outside the court premises.

Sharma kicked him even as the student fell on the road.

Surprisingly, despite all the mayhem, apart from escorting the JNU professors from the courtroom, I was in, the Delhi Police did nothing to restrain the rampaging lawyers.

As they indulged in violence, the lawyers kept shouting slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

The violence happened before Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, was to be brought to the court after being arrested on February 9 on sedition charges. (IANS)

B) Here is another version of the incidence:

How a group of students instigated the clash in Patiala House court- First hand account of a lawyer

Kabir Singh Nihang, Lawyer & Researcher presented his account of the Patiala House court clash through a series of tweets.

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Fire Vs Fire-will turn everything into ashes.This plan of muscle power was seen on whats up a day before.Hope this firefighting experience of Indians will help us all not to follow lynch mob with hunger for quick success in a dream India as sold by RSS or Taliban.If JNU was a real dirty den of naxals or talibans then why they do not force violence and practise terror to shut up all like bajrang dal in north india ? Fact remains that JNU is a world class university having guts to open equal opportunities to poor class and make them self dependent at very low fees in comparison to private fees of universities promoted by BJP-Congress…..after universities run on tax payers money and not like biz visits of overseas VVIPs including Pakistan sponsored by Biz interest of Jindals, Adanis and Ambanis.Nationalism Vs Business :BJP moves a step further and if such forces like few in JNU are in majority as in Kashmir then BJP with its business mind is compromising with them for power. BJP with PDP does business of power more then Nationalism.

  • Romi Abhimanyu

    Thank God for twitter. it has a way of breaking through the clutches-and-claws of today’s anti-national leftist Islamist combine that thinks it can go on manipulating the media and shut everyone out, forever….. It couldn’t this time! Glad to see the twisted hypocritical guttersnipes got it nicely! And right where they needed it all these years!

    Chaos is not always easy to manage to your own advantage, so don’t try the same tricks until the Italian waitress thinks of something smarter. She is currently flummoxed! What do u do with a patriot that works 16 hours? Especially when your retard can’t figure out much no matter how long u spoon-feed the nincompoop.

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Fire Vs Fire-will turn everything into ashes.This plan of muscle power was seen on whats up a day before.Hope this firefighting experience of Indians will help us all not to follow lynch mob with hunger for quick success in a dream India as sold by RSS or Taliban.If JNU was a real dirty den of naxals or talibans then why they do not force violence and practise terror to shut up all like bajrang dal in north india ? Fact remains that JNU is a world class university having guts to open equal opportunities to poor class and make them self dependent at very low fees in comparison to private fees of universities promoted by BJP-Congress…..after universities run on tax payers money and not like biz visits of overseas VVIPs including Pakistan sponsored by Biz interest of Jindals, Adanis and Ambanis.Nationalism Vs Business :BJP moves a step further and if such forces like few in JNU are in majority as in Kashmir then BJP with its business mind is compromising with them for power. BJP with PDP does business of power more then Nationalism.

  • Romi Abhimanyu

    Thank God for twitter. it has a way of breaking through the clutches-and-claws of today’s anti-national leftist Islamist combine that thinks it can go on manipulating the media and shut everyone out, forever….. It couldn’t this time! Glad to see the twisted hypocritical guttersnipes got it nicely! And right where they needed it all these years!

    Chaos is not always easy to manage to your own advantage, so don’t try the same tricks until the Italian waitress thinks of something smarter. She is currently flummoxed! What do u do with a patriot that works 16 hours? Especially when your retard can’t figure out much no matter how long u spoon-feed the nincompoop.

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Delhi High Court’s remarks political rather than legal: experts

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New Delhi: Senior legal experts yesterday denounced the Delhi High Court’s remarks on nationalism and love for the nation while granting bail to JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

Judge Pratibha Rani’s observations are a part of a judicial trend which needs to be curbed right away, leading advocates said, with one dubbing them “totally uncalled for, unwarranted and unfortunate”.

Senior lawyers said the judge appeared to be broadly espousing the official line on the events at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on February 12 on charges of sedition.

He was accused of raising anti-India slogans at a meeting organised to mark the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, a militant from Jammu and Kashmir. Kanhaiya Kumar has repeatedly denied the charge.

The high court judge, while granting six-month interim bail to Kanhaiya Kumar, reminded him his fundamental duties, love for the country, nationalism and the sacrifices soldiers were making and the demoralizing effect that anti-India slogans had on the families of martyrs.

Pointing out that the observations had been lapped up by government circles and right-wing groups, activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan told reporters: “It is a political rather than a legal judgement.”

“The judge has no business to expound on nationalism or anti-nationalism which is not an offence under the law.”

He added: “Nationalism is not defined anywhere and is not a ground on which freedom of speech can be restricted.”

“By expounding on this issue, the judge seems to have played into the hands of those who are using this as a political weapon to drum up fascist hysteria in this country.”

Echoing Bhushan’s sentiments, Supreme Court Bar Association president and senior counsel Dushyant Dave described the observations as “totally uncalled for, unwarranted and unfortunate”.

He added: “Judges must stay away from political debate.”

Saying Kanhaiya Kumar deserved unconditional bail, Dave said: “Nationalism is not a part of judges’ function to write about. They must confine to law and not emotive issues.”

Former Delhi High Court judge Rupinder Singh Sodhi said that making loose observations was an unfortunate trend that the judiciary was adopting. “I think this trend has to stop now and immediately.”

Justice Sodhi, also a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court, says granting interim bail had no legal precedent.

“All bails are interim in nature and can be cancelled at any time. Ordinarily, an interim bail is granted to fulfill an extreme social obligation which the court can always accommodate. As a rule, bail can either be granted or dismissed.”

Another leading lawyer who did not wish to be identified by name said that while attempting to define nationalism in a pluralistic society, the judge seemed to have overstepped her judicial limits.

“Her observations are symptomatic of all that ails Indian judiciary and deserve to be expunged.” (Parmod Kumar, IANS)

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Supporting JNU students, Indian-American students protest in US

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New York: Expressing their solidarity with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who were arrested in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy, students from two US Universities expressed their concern. They gathered at Washington Square Park showing their support.

Students, including Indian-Americans, from New York University (NYU) and the Cooper Union college in New York, gathered at Washington Square Park to support JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and other students who were arrested on sedition charges last month, the Washington Square News newspaper reported on Monday.

An Indian-American student said during the protest that the primary purpose of the event was to raise awareness about Kumar’s arrest.

“[Kumar] was arrested for making these comments against the government, even though he was not actually saying anything against the government, he was just having this poetry reading,” Anjana Sreedhar said.

“We are protesting against the fact that he was arrested under the sedition law which is very antiquated and very outdated,” Sreedhar added.

Sreedhar, along with several other students read English transcripts of Kumar’s speech during the poetry reading and asked if his words warranted arrest. They also encouraged passersby and attendees to attend a forum discussion at the Cooper Union next week.

A student activist at the NYU Sumathy Kumar said she attended the rally because she wants to show her support to the JNU students who were “beaten and arrested and so much violence was being committed against them just for speaking out”.

“I am an activist, and I think we take it for granted sometimes that we have the right to dissent and that home where my parents are from and where I call my ancestors are from, they are not allowed to dissent,” Kumar said.

Anthropology professor Tejaswini Ganti said that she was glad students were voicing support for JNU’s students and that universities should be an open forum for all opinions – even those that dissent against the governing party.(IANS)

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JNU controversy: One-sided negativity should not be perpetrated

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JNU

By Yagya Datt Sharma

In this era of technology, All it takes is just a software to fabricate a video or a picture & then publish it in social media to make a mountain out of a mole. Many TV channels are now reporting that video of JNU student leader was doctored by adding anti-national slogans.

If this is true, can we even understand the pain that the parents of the guy had felt when their son was declared as anti-national or terrorist without the verification of evidences? Many people even declared the whole JNU as anti-national based on the actions of the few, because making such declarations strengthens their image of being nationalist in their friends circle.

I still don’t know the truth, and the courts will eventually give their judgment. The fact is, even I felt disturbed by hearing hatred slogans against the country. And every person who chants hatred slogans, breaks integrity, or incites violence, must be punished by the law, whether they are students of any college, or lawyers who take the law into their own hands. But, the people sitting in chilling AC, watching TV, and doing Facebook at least should not give judgement about someone or his family and should not call them Anti-Nationals, until it’s proven in the courts. I don’t support any political ideologies, be it left or right. I only support solutions and care for someone’s parents’ feelings, until they are convicted.

If we consider ourselves educated, then we must realize that it is our duty to come out of the attitude of spreading one sided negativity, which can harm someone until it’s proven. Otherwise It will take us nowhere and the country will keep on having inconclusive TV debates on these regular issues.

Yagya Datt Sharma is an Engineer at Hughes Systique Corporation.