JNU row: Bar Council of India condemns attack on journalists

New Delhi: The Bar Council of India has condemned the attack on journalists at the Patiala House Court complex.

The Bar Council of India has also sought a report from the Patiala House court bar council in this regard.

“It is really shocking and first of all I seek apology from the media people, from the journalists because of this misconduct of handful of lawyers of the Patiala House Court,” Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra told ANI.

“I seek apology not only from the media people, but also the boy Kanhaiya Kumar also. He has now clarified the things and he has been beaten by lawyers and others. Therefore, I seek apology from Kanhaiya Kumar also,” he added.

The Bar Council of India chairman said that a committee headed by a former judge of the High Court has been constituted to look into the matter.

“The committee consists of one senior advocate of the Supreme Court and one member of the Bar Council.We have made a special request to the committee to submit its report and to complete the enquiry proceedings within a period of three weeks positively so that we could take strong action against the errant lawyers who are responsible for all these things in the Patiala House Court,” said Mishra.

“Under the Advocates’ Act, the Bar Council of India is empowered to suspend the license of any advocate and we can remove their names from the role of advocate for their whole life.It all depends on the gravity of the offence,” he added when asked to what action would be initiated against the erring lawyers.

Earlier on Wednesday, lawyer Vikram Singh Chauhan once again led a group of his colleagues in unleashing a brazen attack on journalists and JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar at the Patiala House Court complex.

The group attacked journalists and Kanhaiya, in open defiance of an order of the Supreme Court, which had directed Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi to ensure proper and adequate security at the court complex.

Kanhaiya has been sent to Tihar Jail and kept in a separate cell. The concerned jail authorities have sounded a high security alert inside the prison complex and are keeping a round-the-clock watch for Kanhaiya’s safety.

Kanhaiya, who was arrested by the Delhi Police last Friday and has been booked under sedition charge in connection with an event at JNU where anti-national slogans were raised, was yesterday remanded to judicial custody till March 2. (ANI)