The lawyers who led the attacks on students and journalists at the Patiala House Court were caught on camera, in an India Today sting operation, admitting that the assault was pre-planned.
Arrested JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar was dragged, kicked and slapped by lawyers at a Delhi court while being taken for his bail hearing.
A 200-strong group of lawyers was shouting slogans inside the Patiala House Court complex when Mr Kumar was brought for the hearing. Slogans of "Goli Maaro, Phaansi Do (shoot him, hang him!)" were heard by witnesses. Meanwhile, a group of police stood there and did nothing.
In a big revelation, some of the lawyers said today that the whole thing was orchestrated.
One of the lawyers even said that they plan more such attacks. He said that when Umar Khalid, the JNU student who has also been charged with sedition, is produced, he will kill him by hurling a petrol bomb at him.
The lawyers revealed that goons, clad in lawyers’ uniforms, were brought in from outside for the attack. They also claimed that the 1,000-strong police force stationed at the court were fully supportive of their action.
Vikram Singh Chauhan, who spearheaded the attack on both the occasions, told India Today TV channel that Kanhaiya Kumar was assaulted for three hours. Confirming the claim, his aide Yashpal Singh, who is a former additional secretary of the BAR Council, said that Kumar was beaten up until he soiled his pants.
Singh claimed that from the 1,000-strong police force stationed at the court were supportive of the lawyers’ actions.
“Every policeman there said that had they not been in uniforms, they too would have joined us (in the attack),” Yashpal Singh claimed.
During the attacks on 16 February, there were about 1000 policemen present at the Patiala House Court.
The lawyers admitted that it was not a spontaneous attack and in fact, goons were brought in from outside too.
"We beat up Kanhaiya Kumar for three hours to make him say Bharat Mata ki jai,” Chauhan said.
"We bashed him for three hours. He wet his pants. We beat him up so much," he added.
“Next time he is brought in, I will bring a petrol bomb and I don’t care if i am booked for murder ... I will go Kanhaiya’s cell and beat him up there ... To tell you the truth, the police was fully supporting us,” said one of the lawyers, who was caught on camera beating up the students.
Earlier, the lawyers had claimed a mob of students had resorted to the violence and not the advocates.
Advocate Yashpal Tyagi, who was caught on camera during the attack, told a press conference that their fight against "anti-nationals will continue" and "they would not tolerate anything said or done against the country”.
The lawyers also claimed that there was no complaint or evidence against them and the mob of students had indulged in the violence.
Chauhan, who told the TV channel, in the sting operation that he beat up Kanhaiya Kumar for three hours was also present at this press conference.
The apex bar body, Bar Council of India, sought the Supreme Court’s response as to whether it should proceed with the proposed inquiry against lawyers who had allegedly participated in the violent incidents in the Patiala House court complex on February 15 and 17 when jailed JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced in connection with the sedition case.
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