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Advocates being termed as criminals and goons, says lawyers’ body

JNU protests Updated: Feb 18, 2016 22:08 IST
Patiala House court

Lawyers clash at Patiala House court where JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was produced in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

The lawyers’ body in Delhi district courts on Thursday defended the lawyers who allegedly attacked media persons and JNU students union president in Patiala House court.

Claiming that certain “outsiders” in lawyers’ black robes indulged in violence, the Cordination Committee of all District Court Bar Associations demanded a “fair” inquiry into the incidents.

Advocate RK Wadhwa, chairman of the committee, said in a press release they would request the chief justice of Delhi high court to ensure that entry to the court premises should be monitored and security of judicial officers, lawyers and litigants be given “prime importance”.

“We condemn the manner in which protestors/demonstrators were allowed to enter the Patiala House court complex. We condemn violence in any form which was the direct consequence of unverified entry of outsiders inside the court premises,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Karkardooma courts, lawyers held a candle light march for national integrity and against “victimisation” of lawyers.

A member of the association, Vikram Singh Chauhan, who has been bragging on social media about how the lawyers had taught “anti-nationals” a lesson in Patiala House complex, was garlanded.

However, advocate Mahesh Sharma, President of Shahdara Bar Association, rejected media reports in this regard.

“Advocates are being shown in bad light. They are termed as goons and criminals. It is wrong,” Sharma said.

Chauhan, who was caught on camera assaulting journalists and others in the court premises, was one of the three lawyers summoned by the Delhi Police in connection with the February 15 attack. The three lawyers, however, did not appear before the police.

The coordination committee also said they would stage a protest march at India gate on Friday against the alleged anti-national activities at the JNU campus.