A day after violence at Patiala House Court premises, the Supreme Court has said that it is keeping a close eye on the law and order situation.
“We are keeping an eye on law and order in Patiala House court; everyone should be careful while giving statements,” the SC said.
On February 17, a group of lawyers attacked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and journalists who were present at the court for the hearing of the student leader.
This was the second incident within a short span of time despite SC’s strict guidelines for the hearing.
A bench of Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Abhay Manohar also counselled to take the moderation position.
“Blame game would not help anybody. Moderation seems to be the best option,” it said.
The Supreme Court on February 17 appointed a five-member team including senior lawyers Kapil Sibal, Indira Jaising and advocate Prashant Bhushan to get the first-hand assessment of the situation at the Patiala House Court.
They told the SC that the situation was ‘unprecedented’, and an ‘atmosphere of fear and terror’ prevailed and that there was a total breakdown of law and order.
Taking strict note of the incident, the Bar Council has said that they will cancel the license of the lawyers who will be found guilty.
Bar council president MC Mishra also apologised to media for the violence by the lawyers. Also, a three-member panel has been set up to probe the violence.
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Meanwhile, Delhi Police summoned three lawyers, who were allegedly accused for the violence at the court, but they did not appear before the police.
Police have identified one of the lawyers as Vikram Singh Chauhan while others names were not disclosed.
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