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JNU row: Kejriwal blames Modi govt for violence at Patiala House court

india Updated: Feb 18, 2016 18:32 IST
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Arvind Kejriwal said action should be taken against students who shouted anti-national slogans at a JNU event but criticised the Centre for failing to arrest those responsible.(Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the central government on Thursday over a sedition controversy involving Jawaharlal Nehru University students, blaming the city police for failing to stop violence by lawyers outside a local court.

The Aam Aadmi Party chief said action should be taken against students who shouted anti-national slogans at a JNU event but criticised the Centre for failing to arrest those responsible.

“This government can’t catch 4-5 students who shouted those anti-national slogans, how will they catch who carried out the Pathankot attacks,” the chief minister said outside Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Watch | Kejriwal blames Modi govt for violence at Patiala House court

He was speaking after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee – the chancellor of JNU – following growing protests against sedition charges against JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar for allegedly organising an event where “anti-national” slogans were chanted.

Kejriwal also condemned violence by lawyers outside Delhi’s Patiala House Courts on two separate occasions this week.

“We asked the President what is this absence of rule of law, anybody can beat a person who raises pro-Pakistan slogans,” he said.

Delhi BJP legislator OP Sharma, along with lawyers linked to the BJP, thrashed reporters and students on Monday.

Two days later, despite a Supreme Court directive, a mob of lawyers punched and kicked Kumar, and roughed up journalists.

“Why is OP Sharma free? Why are the government and police silent? Is this the new law?” the CM asked.