Arun Jaitley condemns attacks on media, says it has ‘unhindered right to report’


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has condemned the attack on media outside Patiala House Court on Wednesday saying it had ‘an unhindered right to report.’

Jaitley, who also hold the portfolio of Information and Broadcast ministry, tweeted, “Media has an unhindered right to report; Attack on media persons is highly improper and condemnable.”

Reports covering the trial of JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar were attacked by goons disguised as lawyers second time in three days.

The thugs in black coats also hurled abuses at the eminent Supreme Court lawyers, who had arrived there as a fact-finding team calling them behen**** and Pakistan ke Dalle.

Kanhaiya too was attacked as he was produced amidst tight security. He sustained severe injuries.

On Wednesday, the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too had said that “alternative voice” in the university should also be heard.

“JNU is a very premier institution of India, widely respected also. It has produced outstanding civil servants, great academicians and also well known public figures. Its faculty and students also excel well.

“We all think there is also a very eloquent, powerful and constructive alternative voice in the JNU. The country is equally eager to hear that voice,” Prasad had told reporters.

Delhi government’s cabinet is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday (today) to express their concern on the fast deteriorating law and order in Delhi and inaction by Delhi police.



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