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Mattoo case: Singh?s friends rough up scribes

Some advocates unhappy with the verdict, started venting anger by assaulting scribes, reports Tushar Srivastava

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 02:56 IST

When the CBI team present in the courtroom took Santosh Singh into custody, his advocate friends, who were with him during the hearing, tried to prevent photographers and camerapersons from taking Santosh’s pictures.

The advocates, who were not very happy with the verdict,turned violent and started physically assaulting the scribes.A photographer was badly beaten up while another lost his cellphone in the melee.

The trouble started when Singh was being escorted by the CBI team to a police van. Camerapersons, who had been waiting since morning, started taking pictures. Singh’s supporters started to abuse them, blaming them for the ‘hype’ in the case.

"They first used expletives but then they suddenly got violent. Before we could realise what was happening, they started attacking us," a cameraperson said.

Some journalists tried to stop the advocates, forcing policemen in plainclothes and senior members of the media to intervene and but things went out of control. The angry lawyers started chasing the scribes.
As they ran for cover, the lawyers pelted them with stones. A photographer was hit on the leg while a reporter lost his cellphone.

Another one was badly beaten up. A call was made to the Police Control Room and a written complaint was given to the police.

Ironically, an hour after the commotion ended and the media personnel were busy getting photostat copies of the court's judgement, some of Singh's advocate friends implored the journalists to spare them a copy, which the latter obliged despite the acrimony witnessed a little earlier.

First Published: Oct 18, 2006 02:56 IST