New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has told a Supreme Court-appointed lawyers’ probe panel that he was beaten up, pushed to the ground and injured by men in lawyers’ robes before the police, when he was brought to the Patiala House court premises on February 17.
Activists in Assam take out a protest rally against the alleged anti-national activities at JNU in Guwahat on Saturday. Pic/PTI
“When the police brought me inside the court’s gate, a mob of men in lawyers’ robes attacked me. It appeared as if they were ready to attack and they were calling others also. The police escorting me tried to save me but the police officials were also beaten up,” he said.
The panel of six advocates included Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Dushyant Dave, ADN Rao, Ajit Kumar Sinha and Haren Raval. In another instance when he was attacked, the police, who were there, did not do anything, he said. After Kanhaiya narrated the incident to the panel inside the courtroom, Sibal called DCP Jatin Narwal and enquired from him about it.
“How did you allow the attack to take place inside court premises? Your men were there. What were they doing? How was he (man who attacked Kanhaiya outside the gate of the courtroom) allowed to come inside?” the panel members asked the DCP.
Court extends police custody of Umar, Anirban
A Delhi court today allowed the custodial interrogation of two JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case, by two more days. The court extended the police custody of the duo, who had allegedly organised a controversial event at the JNU on February 9 where anti-India slogans were said to have been raised, after police contended that they were required for further probe in the case.
JNU sedition case sent to Special Cell: Bassi
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Saturday said the sedition case in connection with the controversial JNU event has been transferred to the force’s counter-terrorism unit Special Cell. “I have directed my officers to transfer the case to Special Cell as the matter needs focused investigation. In a case registered under Section 124 A (Sedition), the Special Cell shall do justice,” Bassi told reporters. The process of transfer will take around two days, he said.
JNU student Ashutosh Kumar (right) is facing charges of sedition at JNU campus. Pic/PTI
Another JNU student in dock
New Delhi: Another JNU student, Ashutosh Kumar, who the police was looking out for in connection with the sedition case, was interrogated on Saturday after receiving a police summon. Kumar, who is JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s predecessor, is one of the five students, including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who resurfaced in the varsity’s campus on Sunday night. Ashutosh received the summon on Friday night and produced himself today at RK Puram Police Station, where Khalid and Anirban are presently being interrogated, a police official said.