Amid high-drama, Kanhaiya Kumar sent to judicial custody

India Student Protests Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the students' union at the Jawaharlal Nehru University is produced at a Delhi court | AP

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charges, was on Wednesday sent to judicial custody till March 2.

Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen gave the ruling after Delhi Police said it did not need the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) any more for interrogation.

Kanhaiya Kumar, from the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation (AISF), was arrested on February 12 on charges of raising anti-India slogans during a meeting on Kashmir in the campus.

Lawyers scuffle, some attack journalists

Meanwhile, several journalists were beaten up by a section of lawyers at the Patiala House Court.

Among the journalists who were assaulted were a Firstpost photographer and reporter each as well as a journalist from Network 18.

Two groups of lawyers —one opposed to Kanhaiya Kumar and another supporting his legal rights—earlier got into a scuffle in the court in the heart of the capital.

The lawyers who attacked the journalists - much like what happened two days ago in the court—were noisily protesting against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who allegedly raised anti-India slogans a week ago.

The journalists alleged that police personnel present in the court refused to come to their help.

The lawyers who went on the offensive on Wednesday carried Indian flags and shouted slogans like 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'JNU Murdabad'.

They shouted slogans against JNU and demanded its closure, saying the institution was "anti-national".

On the other hand, a group of lawyers protesting against Kanhaiya Kumar's arrest demanded his immediate release.

On Monday, many journalists including an IANS reporter, were beaten up by the same group of lawyers in the court.

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