The situation at the Patiala House Court on 17 February was tense as JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was brought for hearing in the sedition case against him, who was heckled by the motley group of 30 to 40 lawyers.
Meanwhile, the hearing in the case has been adjourned. There were also reports of Kumar being attacked by the lawyers in the while the hearing was in progress.
After a lawyer threw a stone from inside the Patiala House Court court premises on an OB van parked outside the gate, the SC sought a status check from the Delhi Police on the issue and sent a six-member team of lawyers to the court.
The Supreme Court has also restricted entry of people into the court where the hearing of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar is set to take place.
The SC has said only Kumar’s family and friends, JNU community and journalists will be allowed. It further banned entry to lawyers except those appearing on record in the case. This, the SC said, was being done in a bid to ensure the smooth trial proceedings.
“The proceedings will be conducted in the very same courtroom as the last time. This is being done to send a signal to all,” said Justice Chelameswar said.
Meanwhile, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said BJP legislator in Delhi OP Sharma “should not have taken law into his own hands and resorted to violence” before Kumar was to be presented in the court
He said the law will take its own course against Sharma and that the party could not possibly condone his actions.
Speaking to India Today TV, Prasad justified Kumar’s arrest and the action taken against the JNU students by the Delhi Police, saying the government “will not tolerate anti-national activities of any kind on campus”.