Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Lawyers of the Delhi High Court Bar Association abstained from the courts on Friday in protest against the police action on the Madras High Court lawyers on the court campus on February 19.

The Bar had given the call to abstain from the courts in response to a call given by the Bar Council of India to observe February 27 as a “protest day” against the lathicharge on lawyers.

DHCBA president K.C. Mittal told The Hindu that there was complete abstention. However, proxy counsel appeared before the judges to assist them in miscellaneous matters, Mr. Mittal said.

However, the courts sat as per schedule and the judges were in their chairs at 10-30 a.m.

The presence of lawyers on the court campus was thin as many of them preferred to keep away.

Meanwhile, lawyers of the capital’s five district courts also organised protests to express their solidarity with the Madras High Court lawyers. However, they appeared in courts.

Lawyers of the Delhi Bar Association of the Tis Hazari Courts burnt effigies of the Tamil Nadu police officers to register their protest against the lathicharge.

Seeking a judicial inquiry, Mr. Mittal said the Supreme Court should issue binding guidelines to govern the conduct of police personnel while dealing with the legal fraternity.