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Ensure no accused suffers a scratch, Delhi HC tells cops

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered to “maintain confidentiality” during the remand proceedings of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and two other accused arrested in the sedition case and directed the police to ensure that no one “suffers even a scratch” and there is no ruckus this time.

The court ordered this during the hearing on Kanhaiya’s bail plea after it was informed that the student leader and two arrested co-accused - Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya - were apprehending threat to their safety and security during production before Patiala House courts for remand proceedings.

“With a view to avoid any unpleasant incident as well to ensure the safety of the petitioners (Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya) and that remand proceedings be conducted in accordance with law, all concerned are expected to maintain confidentiality in respect of above,” Justice Pratibha Rani said. During the hearing, when the issue of safety and security of accused was raised, the bench observed, “We have to ensure that no one suffers even a scratch this time. The Registrar of the Delhi High Court and police should ensure that no ruckus, as happened in the past, should take place while the accused are being produced.” 

The order and observations came in wake of the violence on February 15 and 17 inside Patiala House courts premises during which a mob, dressed in lawyers robe, had assaulted Kanhaiya, JNU students, journalists and others during production of the student leader before the magistrate.

The court heard brief arguments on Kanhaiya’s bail plea and posted it for further hearing on February 29 as Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta said that in view of the arrest of Khalid and Bhattacharya, the police would file an application seeking his further police custody.

The court also heard separate petitions filed by Khalid and Bhattacharya, in which they had sought security before they surrender to police, and their advocates told the bench that since their clients have surrendered so the prayer “does not survive”.

Vikram Chauhan arrested, gets bail
Advocate Vikram Chauhan who was accused of attacking JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in Patiala House court premises, got bail from Tilak Marg police station just moments after being arrested. Two other lawyers, Yashpal Singh and Om Sharma were earlier arrested and granted bail. A plea was  filed in the SC on Wednesday seeking contempt action against three lawyers who bragged that they had beaten up Kanhaiya.
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