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Law Officer Allegedly Aiding Accused in Junaid Khan Murder Case Linked to RSS

Associated with the RSS since childhood, Naveen Kaushik has been organising secretary of the Bharatiya Bhasha Abhiyan in the north region for the last two-and-a-half years.

Junaid Khan.

New Delhi: Additional advocate general Naveen Kaushik, who was allegedly aiding those charged in Junaid Khan’s lynching, was among the first lawyers selected to be on the government panel when the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Haryana in 2014.

On June 22 this year, Junaid was stabbed to death on a train to Mathura as he, along with his brothers, was returning home after shopping for Eid in Delhi.

It has now come to light that Kaushik  has close relations with the BJP’s parent organisation – the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He has been associated with the RSS since childhood and is the organising secretary of the Bharatiya Bhasha Abhiyan in the north region for the last two-and-a-half years.

In addition, the additional advocate general  is also associated with the Chandigarh unit of Adhivakta Parishad, an RSS-affiliated advocates’ organisation.

According to Indian Express, in an interim order, the additional district and sessions judge, Faridabad, stated that  Kaushik was helping the counsel of Naresh Kumar – the main accused in the Junaid case – by “suggesting questions to be put to the witnesses” at the hearings on October 24 and 25.

On October 25, Y.S. Rathore – the judge of the trial court hearing the case – sought action against Kaushik.

The main accused in Junaid Khan lynching case, before being produced in district court Faridabad on Sunday. Credit: PTI

The main accused in Junaid Khan lynching case before being produced in district court Faridabad on Sunday. Credit: PTI

Stating that Kaushik was “suggesting questions to be put to the witnesses” at the hearings on October 24 and 25, Rathore said that this action “amounts to professional misconduct and is against legal ethics and highly unbecoming of an advocate, particularly because he is a law officer in the office of Advocate General, Haryana”.

Kaushik, on his part, has denied the allegations of assisting the defence counsel saying that he had neither appeared in the case nor does he have any connection with it. The lawyer  told the Indian Express that he was only providing provisions of law regarding the Hindi language.

In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Kaushik was frequently seen on TV debates, speaking for the BJP. A political expert who appeared on debates with him told the Indian Express, “He was always introduced as a spokesperson or leader of the party”.

Kaushik’s camaraderie with Haryana chief minster Manohar Lal Khattar is also well known. In one of the photographs Kaushik uploaded on Facebook, he is seen with Khattar. The caption reads, “Thanks to hon’ble chief minister of Haryana and Ld. Advocate General Haryana for gracing the occasion of dinner hosted be me.”

On May 25 this year, Kaushik was made a member of a state-level organising committee meant for commemorating the birth centenary of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.