New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on widely criticised sedition charges, was beaten up by lawyers on Wednesday when he was being produced at Patiala House court.
Despite the Supreme Court putting restrictions on entry into the court during his appearance, after the lawyers beat up students and reporters on Tuesday, a group of lawyers again assembled inside the complex shouting slogans. The lawyers also beat up a journalist and a student. Kumar was punched, kicked and dragged by the lawyers, who later boasted to the police that “their job was done”.
Kumar was medically examined inside the courtroom. A doctor said Kumar had suffered abrasions on his nose, legs and face.
Taking note of fresh violence at Patiala House, the apex court rushed a five-member team to assess the ground situation and report back to it. The team spoke to Kumar and reported that he was “terrorised”. The team submitted their findings in SC. Their report said Kumar was beaten up while he was brought inside the court. The team itself, said reports, was abused and attacked.
The top court asked Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi to submit an explanation by Thursday on his failure to ensure law and order at Patiala House today. The court asked Bassi to take responsibility or else orders would be issued to stop law and order situation at Patiala court from spiraling out of control.
Kumar told metropolitan magistrate Lovleen that he condemns what happened on February 9, 2016, in JNU and appealed to everyone not to disturb the peace of the country, society and institution.
“I believe in the Constitution of India. I condemn what happened on February 9, 2016. After seeing the video, I got to know that some outsiders had entered JNU and along with students they were raising slogans. I don’t support such sloganeering. I appeal to everyone not to disturb the peace of the country, society and institution,” Kumar said. “I was attacked by a person who was sitting right in front of me. The police saved me,” Kumar told the judge. The accused man left the courtroom without being stopped by the police, he said.
Kumar has been sent to judicial custody till March 2, 2016.