JNU Row: Mob-Leading Lawyer Felicitated, Bar Association Says No

19/02/2016 2:21 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 15: A group of lawyers allegedly thrashed protesters and journalists inside the Patiala House Court premises on Monday afternoon, on February 15, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The students and journalists had gone to the court for the bail hearing of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been arrested on charges of sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans. The escalating stand-off over the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges today saw the students going on strike demanding his immediate release. Scuffle broke out in Patiala House court when JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced. The court ruled that JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar will stay in custody for two more days. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Adding fuel to the controversy revolving around the arrest of a JNU student and the following attack by a group of lawyers on students and journalists, a lawyer who allegedly started the mob violence was reportedly felicitated by a lawyers' body in Delhi.

According to DNA, Vikram Singh Chauhan, who led the assault, was garlanded in Karkardooma Courts, to whose bar he belongs.

However, the Coordination Committee of all District Court Bar Associations has demanded a "fair" inquiry into the incidents and has claimed that certain “outsiders” in lawyers' robes perpetrated the violence.

The lawyers' association has denied felicitating Chauhan. Advocate RK Wadhwa, chairman of the committee, said in a press release they would request the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to ensure that entry to the court premises should be monitored and security of judicial officers, lawyers and litigants be given "prime importance".

"We condemn the manner in which protestors/demonstrators were allowed to enter the Patiala House court complex. We condemn violence in any form which was the direct consequence of unverified entry of outsiders inside the court premises," he told PTI.

Claiming that he was being falsely accused, Chauhan earlier told NDTV: "Lawyers are also Indian citizens, how can anyone allow anti-India slogans or pro-Pakistan slogans being raised in India?" He also added that he was “leading a movement” that had found “resonance amongst lawyers across the country.”

Chauhan, who was caught on camera assaulting journalists and others in the court premises, was one of the three lawyers summoned by the Delhi police in connection with the 15 February attack.

The three lawyers, however, did not appear before the police.

Meanwhile in Karkardooma Courts, lawyers held a candle light march for national integrity and against "victimization" of lawyers.

Advocate Mahesh Sharma, President of Shahdara Bar Association, said, “Advocates are being shown in a bad light. They are termed as goons and criminals. It is wrong.”

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(With agency inputs)

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