JNU row: SC to hear plea on assault against journalists, students at Patiala House court

Enraged by the violence, hundreds of journalists on Tuesday held a protest march and demanded that the culprits be brought to book.

Updated: Feb 17, 2016, 06:29 AM IST
JNU row: SC to hear plea on assault against journalists, students at Patiala House court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday give an urgent hearing to a plea that is seeking action against those involved in beating journalists and JNU students and teachers in the Patiala House court complex on Monday.

Several journalists and JNU students and teachers were thrashed by lawyers inside the Patiala House court complex where Kanhaiya Kumar, leader of the JNU students union, was to be produced on Monday after being arrested on sedition charges.

The court yesterday accepted the plea filed by ND Jaiprakash, an alumnus of JNU, and posted the matter for today.

Jaiprakash, who was also hurt in the violence, has demanded action against those involved in the violence and also over "inaction" on the part of Delhi Police.

The petition is also calling on the court to direct such security measures in the court complex that no person becomes a victim of violence in future.

 

Enraged by the violence, hundreds of journalists on Tuesday held a protest march and demanded that the culprits be brought to book.

The scribes also hit out at police for inaction on their part during the violence on Monday. Police have been accused of being a "mute spectator" during the incident.

The journalists questioned the "silence of police" over the attack on students and scribes and dubbed it an insult to the judiciary as the incident took place inside a court complex.

Several journalists also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded a probe into the incident.

Police have said two FIRs have been registered against unnamed persons in connection with the attack.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has said that the alleged negligence on the part of police is being probed and the guilty will face legal action.

(With PTI inputs)