A group of lawyers on Thursday felicitated Vikram Chauhan, the lawyer who led the protest at Patiala House court on both Monday and Wednesday. He also allegedly led a mob that targeted JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar in the court premises.
Sources said the Shahdara Bar association took out a candle march outside gate number of 5 of the Karkardooma court at 4pm, which was attended by Chauhan.
The president of the bar garlanded Chauhan and said “Shahdra Bar apke sath hai (The Shahdra Bar is with you)”, sources said.
However, the District Bar Coordination Committee (DBCC) has condemned the violence at Patiala House but insisted that the perpetrators were “outsiders” dressed as lawyers.
“The FIR has been registered and we are only asking that the matter be investigated,” said DBCC president RK Wadhwa. While he was not present during the procession on Wednesday, Wadhwa added that the committee had based its assessment on a report that their colleagues “caught three persons – two ran off and one was handed over to the police. They were outsiders wearing black coats and they were not lawyers and that is why we are saying an investigation is necessary.”
Other members of the committee that manages the affairs of Delhi’s six district courts agreed.
“We are not the police so we cannot investigate the matter. No complaint against any lawyer has come to us,” said Tis Hazari Bar chairman Sanjay Nasier.
From Rohini district court, the bar general secretary Rajeev Tehlaan added that the “committee would look into the matter further” after the lawyers held a protest march to condemn the violence.
In a statement on Thursday, the DBCC said: “The coordination committee strongly protests the defamatory/derogatory statements made against the legal fraternity without any proper inquiry.”