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Delhi cops finally file chargesheets vs alleged Patiala House thug-vocates

Delhi Police has filed three separate chargesheets accusing three lawyers and suspended BJP legislator OP Sharma of the violence in the Patiala House Courts complex in February.

In the first chargesheet filed on the 15 February incident where journalists were assaulted, police accused three lawyers Vikram Singh Chauhan, Yashpal Singh and Om Sharma of various charges dealing with rioting, criminal intimidation, causing hurt and mischief and alleged that three lawyers were instigating the mob that attacked journalists.

The police had earlier registered four separate first information reports (FIR) on the 15 February and 17 violence at the Patiala House Courts complex where some lawyers were allegedly involved in attacking mediapersons and JNU students, including then arrested student union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

By May, it had taken them three months just to identify the three lawyers. No bar council has taken any action against the lawyers to date, to the best of our knowledge.

Delhi Police filed the three chargesheets on 19 July before Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria, who has slated the matter for 22 September for consideration.

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The second chargesheet was filed against suspended legislator OP Sharma, allegedly involved in assaulting a CPI activist outside the court on 15 February. BJP leader OP Sharma is chargesheeted under various charges dealing with voluntarily causing hurt, wrongful restraint, criminal intimidation and common intention.

The third chargesheet was filed in the 17 February incident against Vikram Singh Chauhan and Yashpal Sharma for assaulting an advocate inside the Patiala House Courts Complex.

Police has cited CCTV footage where lawyers and Sharma were caught in action to support its charges.

However, a Delhi Police official told IANS that the matter regarding the 17 February incident when JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was assaulted by a mob while being taken amid tight security to a magisterial court for remand hearing, is still being probed. The investigation report in the case will be filed later.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) had told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that the lawyers’ alleged action was “really shameful”, while also in-part considering excusing the advocates as having been provoked by JNU students’ actions that were “more graver in nature and very dangerous for the country”.

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