19/02/2016 5:20 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Lawyers Defy SC Warning To Lead March In Delhi Against 'Anti Nationals'


A group of lawyers, led by a Delhi advocate who assaulted a man at the Patiala House Court this week, took out a march to the heart of the national capital on Friday, chanting slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’, to protest against ‘anti-national elements,’ despite a strong call from the Supreme Court of India to maintain probity.

The lawyers, led by Vikram Singh Chauhan, who spearheaded the attack on journalists and JNU faculty and students in the Patiala House Court earlier in the week, marched shouting “Desh ke gaddaron ko bilkul nahi baksha jayega” (Traitors of the nation won’t be spared). Chauhan had led the attack on sedition-accused Kanhaiya Kumar as well when he was produced in the court on Wednesday.

Protests were held by lawyers in Jammu & Kashmir also to protest against 'anti-national' activities in the JNU.

Earlier in the week, the Supreme Court had reprimanded a lawyer for shouting ‘Vande Mataram’ inside the courtroom. “Remember the oath you took as a lawyer? People have great faith in this institution,” a bench of judges had remarked then.

The scuffle broke out when JNU students' union president Kumar was being produced in the Patiala House Court after he was arrested on charges of sedition for allegedly raising anti-national slogans on the campus.

Even with the Delhi police summoning him for questioning, Chauhan managed to gather support over social media to mobilise his colleagues for the protest march. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday transferred the bail plea of Kumar to High Court.

Despite strong criticism from various quarters over the attack on journalists and JNU faculty and students in the Patiala Court premises, Chauhan continued to be defiant and even went on to say that he has in fact started a movement.

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