Chaos outside as scribes barred from entering court

Chaos outside as scribes barred from entering court

High drama surrounded announcement of the verdict at a Saket court on Tuesday. Though the Delhi Police ensured tight security, chaos prevailed outside the court of additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna. A demonstration demanding death penalty for the accused was also held outside the court premises.

Mediapersons started gathering outside room number 304 of the Saket court from 9 am. Around 100 policemen were deployed under Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) P S Kushwah.

They barricaded the court room with ropes to provide passage to court officials, the accused and the victim’s family.  By 10 am, hundreds mediapersons had gathered. The police, however, refused to allow them inside the court room, triggering protests by several mediapersons.

As things started slipping out of control, Kushwah came out of the court room and announced that one journalist from every organisation will be allowed.

Police officers then prepared a list of media organisations and allowed some journalists to cross the barricade.

This led to further chaos and argument as many mediapersons were left out.  
Things turned from bad to worse when the electronic media was not allowed to cross the barricade. Meanwhile, the four accused were brought to the court room amid tight security.

Around 12:30 pm, when the judge was about to announce the verdict, Kushwah came out of the court room and allowed a few other mediapersons inside.

Barely seven mediapersons finally managed to attend the hearing. The proceedings lasted for about 10 minutes.

Soon after the verdict, Pawan broke down while Vinay was in a state of shock. Mukesh was heard saying: “They would have to face the consequences for what they have done”.
Akshay seemed unaffected.