A section of the advocates in the High Court bench here on Tuesday said they would continue their boycott of the courts till the Madras High Court Chief Justice gives at least an oral direction to Judges to hear the cases argued in Tamil.

A section of advocates in Madras High Court and its bench here were observing fast and boycotting courts demanding Tamil be made the official language of the court.

Secretary of the Madurai Bar association A. K. Ramaswamy said the advocates rejected the view of the Chief Justice M. Y. Eqbal that the court was not opposed to arguing the cases in Tamil.

A First Bench of the Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice M. Y. Eqbal and Justice D. Murugasen had said on Monday that it was not opposed to use of Tamil in the court but made it clear that it could not issue a circular in this regard.

“There is a Constitutional limitation on us. We can’t issue a circular”, the Bench had said while hearing a plea for the release of advocates arrested for resorting to fast in the premises of Madras High Court and its Madurai bench demanding that Tamil be made the official language of the High Court.

Mr. Ramaswamy alleged that the Chief Justice had refused to issue any circular on the matter. ‘He had also refused to give oral direction to the Judges to hear in Tamil’, Mr. Ramaswamy said.

Mr. Ramaswamy also filed a petition seeking treatment for the advocates who had been arrested for observing fast inside high court complex and lodged in the prison two days back.

He also wanted the jail authorities to give permission for meeting the advocates in the jail.

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