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JNU row: Caught on tape thrashing people, lawyer leads mob again

JNU protests Updated: Feb 18, 2016 07:38 IST
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Vikram Chauhan (in black coat) attending a ABVP protest march. He had posted this photo on his Facebook page.

Vikram Chauhan was at it again on Wednesday at Patiala House court. The lawyer, who was seen on TV thrashing JNU students and supporters in the court premises on Monday, was also involved in the violence and protests inside the court complex on Thursday.

Chauhan, who allegedly has links with BJP and its affiliated groups, made headlines on Tuesday with newspapers reporting about him along with his photos with a few BJP leaders.

On Thursday, Chauhan led a protest at Patiala House holding the tricolour and later led a group of lawyers who refused to let JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar leave the court premises after a hearing on the student leader’s bail plea on Wednesday.

Though Chauhan has been accused of violence and leading the mob, his Facebook posts over the last few days show a different image of the man. Through his Facebook posts, Chauhan called his colleagues for a peaceful protest at the hearing. Chauhan had tagged his colleagues and requested them to help accused Kumar with “the best legal help”.

A day after Kanhaiya’s arrest, last Saturday, Chauhan uploaded a Facebook post tagging 89 other lawyers informing them that the accused will be brought to the Patiala House court. In this post, he asked his colleagues to come together and fight the case legally.

“…hum sab dharam se Hindustani hai aur jaati se wakil. Hum koi arajakatawadi nahin hai.Hum is ladhi mein apna yogdan kanooni roop se de sakte hai.. (We are all Indians and lawyers by profession. We are not anarchists and will fight by legal means,) “ reads excerpts from his post on Facebook.

Chauhan has further said that the accused persons should be given the best legal help so that they do not point fingers at the judiciary like they have dubbed Afzal Guru’s hanging as a “judicial killing”. Chauhan has also been summoned by the police in connection with the attack on students.

“Please come to the court on Monday, so that the city and lawyers across the city see how patriotic and law abiding we are. We will seek legal recourse and send the traitors to where they belong,” he had posted on February 13.

While pictures on social media showed Chauhan with several leaders mostly BJP politicians, he told HT that his

pictures from Facebook were used selectively. However a Facebook post on the day of Kanhaiya’s arrest on February 12, shows him in a protest march along with ABVP activists at Rajpath.