A scuffle broke out at the Patiala House court in New Delhi on Monday afternoon after a group of about 40 lawyers present inside the court started shouting anti-JNU slogans demanding that University faculty present inside the court leave.
The faculty, however, refused to vacate the court forcing women police constables to arrive at the scene.Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar is due to be presented after he was arrested and charged with sedition by the Delhi Police last Friday. He was then sent to three-day police custody.
The group of lawyers, heard chanting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and Vande Mataram also attacked students and the media present at the court premises.The lawyers then forcibly tried to evict the faculty present inside, following which women constables had to be summoned, requesting the faculty to leave.
Reports also suggest that the group of lawyers demanded that the media leave the court premises.Kanhaiya’s arrest had triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties.The university teachers had on Sunday rallied behind protesting students and questioned the administration’s decision to allow the police crackdown on the campus even as they appealed to the public not to “brand” the institution as “anti-national”.
Teachers representing 40 central universities as well as faculty from the Pune-based FTII had come out in support of the agitating students saying it was an issue of “indiscipline” and not “sedition”.