JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was on Wednesday assaulted by a mob of 20-25 people while he was being taken to a Delhi court. The court later sent him to judicial custody till March 2.
Metropolitan magistrate Lovleen sent Kanhaiya, arrested on the charge of sedition, to Tihar jail after the Delhi Police said they did not require him for questioning any more.
Kumar told the court that a mob attacked him while he was being escorted from a police vehicle to the court room. The mob even attacked the policemen escorting him, he said.
A person wearing sunglasses and a black coat succeeded in entering the corridor outside the courtroom where Kanhaiya was to be presented, Kanhaiya’s counsel Vrinda Grover told the court.
Kanhiaya told the court that the man attacked him outside the court room.
A JNU staffer Himanshu, who was allowed by the Supreme Court to be present during the court hearing, told the court that he had asked the Delhi Police to arrest the man. The man, however, managed to walk away.
Kanhiaya’s counsel told the lower court that despite the Supreme Court’s directions, police failed to save the student leader and allowed the attackers to run away.
The defence urged the court for action against the Delhi Police for its failure in maintaining law and order in the court complex.
The court said it was taking the matter on record and asked Kanhaiya to give a written statement in the incident.
Observing a serious threat to Kanhaiya, the court directed for his medical examination in the court room itself. A doctor from the Patiala House courts dispensary was summoned.
Kanhaiya later told the court that he had not said anything against the nation and he had full faith in the constitution and judicial system.
“If there is evidence against me, then send me to jail; if not, there should be no media trial against me,” Kanhaiya told the court.
After the lower court hearing in the case, a team of senior advocates appointed by the Supreme Court as court commissioners to inspect the court hearing also visited the court room.
Kanhiaya and his counsel apprised them of the assault.
Kanhaiya’s legal team then called the Delhi Police officials and asked them how they failed to maintain law and order in the court complex. A senior police official told the court that the mob attacked policemen too.
The team reminded the senior police officer that he was bound to act as per the Supreme Court directions and not the orders of Commissioner of Police.
Defence counsel Vrinda Grover urged the court for adequate safety for Kanhaiya Kumar inside the jail, expressing apprehension about a threat to his life.