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Seeking justice: Lawyers sit on a fast near the Madras High Court on Friday in protest against the February 19 police lathicharge on their colleagues.
Seeking justice: Lawyers sit on a fast near the Madras High Court on Friday in protest against the February 19 police lathicharge on their colleagues.

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Ignoring the appeal of the Supreme Court, advocates protesting against the February 19 police lathicharge on the High Court premises have decided to continue their agitation demanding the suspension of senior police officials.

With black cloth tied across their mouths, they sat on fast for the fifth day, observed as ‘Black Friday,’ on NSC Bose Road in front of the High Court. Speakers at the venue condemned the police action on the court premises.

President of the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) R.C. Paul Kanagaraj told reporters that the High Court did not lodge a complaint with the police in connection with the incident; High Court sources confirmed this.

Mr. Kanagaraj said the police did not register an FIR on a complaint filed by the association. He said he had resigned his membership of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

As part of the agitation, a group of advocates brought a miniature blindfolded “Statue of Justice” to the venue of the fast. Posters with pictures of advocates injured in the “brutal attack” were put up near the venue.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has appealed to the lawyers to return to work since all their demands have been conceded.

Making it clear that the government was always willing to implement any order of the Supreme Court, Mr. Karunanidhi said it was only proper on the part of the advocates to now return to work. “This is not a struggle for Sri Lankan Tamils, this has become a fight against the DMK government here,” he said.

Secretary of the DMK legal wing R.S. Bharathi appealed to the advocates to return to work from March 2, heeding the advice of the Supreme Court.

On Saturday, advocates’ associations will present a memorandum to Justice B.N. Srikrishna, who has been asked to investigate the violence on the High Court premises.

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