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Pics: Stones thrown, slogans shouted at Kanhaiya’s bail hearing

A bail hearing for JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested for sedition, descended into chaos on Wednesday as protesting lawyers chanting pro-government slogans barged

JNU protests Updated: Feb 17, 2016 17:34 IST
JNU Union President Kanhaiya Kumar being taken to Patiala House Court in New Delhi. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
JNU Union President Kanhaiya Kumar being taken to Patiala House Court in New Delhi. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

A bail hearing for JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested for sedition, descended into chaos on Wednesday as protesting lawyers chanting pro-government slogans barged into a courthouse compound.

Kumar was rushed from a car into the court by police who protected him with a riot shield, television pictures showed.

JNU Union President Kanhaiya Kumar being taken to Patiala House Court in New Delhi. (Photo by Virender Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)
CRPF Personnel entering the Patiala House Court in New Delhi. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

The protesting lawyers, who had beaten up reporters at an earlier hearing into the case on Monday, returned chanting nationalist slogans and waving the Indian flag.

Lawyers raise Indian flag and shout slogans at Patiala House. (Photo by Virender Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)
Lawyers raise Indian flag and shout slogans at Patiala House Court (HTphoto)
Lawyers raise Indian flag and shout slogans at Patiala House Court. (HTphoto)

Stones were thrown at reporters outside the compound.

Stones lying on a media van which were allegedly thrown from inside the Patiala House Court as Delhi Police produced JNU Union President Kanhaiya Kumar. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

Kumar, 28, faces trial over his role in a protest last week that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s backers have branded as “anti-national”.

JNU Union President Kanhaiya Kumar being taken to Patiala House Court in New Delhi. (Photo by Virender Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times

The case has triggered huge controversy, with Delhi’s police chief BS Bassi facing accusations of taking political orders by cracking down on the JNU students and of failing to investigate thuggish behaviour by Hindu nationalists loyal to Modi.

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