JNU row: Lawyer caught in court attack on journalists has BJP links?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2016 06:54 IST
Lawyers allegedly thrashed protesters and journalists inside the Patiala House court premises on Monday afternoon. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

The police on Tuesday registered two FIRs in connection with the attack on JNU students and journalists outside Patiala House court. Though police have registered the case against unknown persons, the photograph of one of the lawyers who was caught on tape thrashing the students was circulated widely on social media.

Photographs of lawyer Vikram Chauhan with BJP leaders reportedly at ABVP functions and a poster of his photograph with home minister Rajnath Singh went viral on social media.

“We have registered two FIRs against unknown persons. One is related to the scuffle inside the court while the other is related to the one which happened outside the court premises (in which BJP MLA OP Sharma was involved). We are in the process of identifying the people in the tape and will take action. In both the cases, police is the complainant,” said DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal.

Police sources said that they would also probe the identity of the people who had asked lawyers to assemble at the court.

Chauhan, however, told Hindustan Times that the students and teachers of JNU were provoking the lawyers at the court. Narrating the sequence of events, he said, “When we entered the court complex, we saw that all the seats had been occupied by the students and teachers. When we asked them to move, the students got agitated and started asking us to show our identity cards. It was then that one of my colleagues informed the police control room.”

A poster showing Chauhan and Rajnath Singh on Facebook. (Facebook)

While students and journalists have alleged that the lawyers got violent and attacked them, Chauhan said, “The students started shouting Pakistan Zindabad. They also said ‘Afzal tumhara naam rahega’. We then shouted Bharat Mata Ki Jai. It was then that all hell broke loose and we got into a scuffle with them.”

Regarding his pictures which reportedly show him at BJP and ABVP events, Chauhan said that the pictures were taken from Facebook.

“The students have selectively used the photographs from my Facebook profile. The same album on Facebook has my pictures with JNU leader Sharad Yadav and also other Congress leaders. I belong to no party,” he said.

Sucheta De, former JNU students’ union president said, “Why are police not arresting the lawyer and the BJP leader caught on tape? This shows the intention of the government.”

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