Today, the Supreme Court of India strongly condemned the incident of thrashing of journalists covering Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Delhi row along with some students and teachers outside the Patiala Court by lawyers. The petition was filed by the JNU alumni seeking a free and fair trial to the JNSU (Jawaharlal Nehru Student Union) president Kanhaiya Kumar who was detained on the charges of sedition for a speech he gave after a group of students held an event at the campus marking the third anniversary of terror convict Afzal Guru’s hanging. The bench comprising of Justice J.Chelameshwar imposed strict entry restrictions within the courtroom and court premises to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. The Court further ordered that only the lawyers who are representing the accused and the prosecution shall be allowed inside the court. And only two relatives of accused would be allowed and in case there is no relative then one faculty member and a student could be allowed. Moreover, only 5 journalists are allowed to enter inside the court and the other 25 journalists can remain outside the 10 meter distance from the court. The Delhi Police is given the liberty to act in accordance with law so as to maintain the law and order situation and to deal with any incident of violation.
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