Lawyer who led attack on journalists in court arrested, granted bail
Vikram Chauhan, who led a brazen attack on journalist, JNU students, teachers and JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on two separate occasions inside the Patiala House Court complex within a span of 72 hours, was arrested on Wednesday evening.
Chauhan was later let off on bail from the police station itself.
Chauhan, the third lawyer to be arrested in the case, had gone to the Tilak Marg police station in the afternoon. He had not responded to the first two summonses.
Chauhan, who had been bragging about being “patriotic” on his Facebook page, urging more to join him to “teach the traitors a lesson”, had been ignoring repeated summons by the Delhi Police. He is the last to join the investigation into the two cases of violence reported on February 15 and February 17 inside Patiala House court complex. The other two lawyers — Om Sharma, arrested on Saturday and Yashpal Singh arrested on Tuesday, were released on bail just hours later.
“Chauhan came to Tilak Marg police station on Wednesday morning to join the probe. He is being questioned about the two incidents. He has been involved in two cases of rioting, unlawful assembly and voluntarily causing hurt and we are questioning him on the sequence of events of both days. He was asked why he indulged in violence on the two days and why did he mobilise the crowd using his Facebook page if at all,” a senior police officer said.
Chauhan had issued a statement after his colleague Yashpal Singh’s arrest on Tuesday, saying that he would join the probe soon and he was exploring the legal possibilities.
Just two days after Chauhan led an attack on Kanhaiya, he was felicitated and garlanded outside by fellow lawyers. He even led a march with 200 lawyers from the Patiala House courts complex to India Gate to “condemn anyone who was anti-national”.
In a sting operation conducted by the India Today news channel, the three have been heard claiming they thrashed Kanhaiya till he wet his pants.