JNU sedition row: Kanhaiya Kumar was beaten up inside Patiala House Court, says SC lawyers' panel
The six-member panel said in a report on Wednesday that police's inaction led to the violence.
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing JNU row, a panel of the Supreme Court lawyers has slammed the Delhi Police for failing to prevent violence at the Patiala House Court on February 15 and 17.
The six-member panel said in a report on Wednesday that police's inaction led to the violence during which SC lawyers were abused in filthy language and pelted with flower pots, pebbles and water bottles, Deccan Chronicle reported on Thursday.
The report says SC lawyers and journalists were locked up inside the court room and the main accused in the case, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, was also roughed up by unruly lawyers.
Journalists were also not spared and were beaten up.
“The atmosphere outside was surcharged and intimidating. Abuses were hurled at Mr Kapil Sibal and all other committee members. There was an effort create an atmosphere of fear and terror. The upbeat mood of the crowd in lawyers’ dress who were continuously shouting slogans and abuses to present a terrorising atmosphere was clearly visible,” the panel's report said.
Had it not been for the Supreme Court security police, the panel that went to Patiala House Court would not have come out unscathed from the premises, the report said further.
The panel demanded in its report that responsibility should be fixed and action taken against policemen who failed to maintain law and order at the court premises.