A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice V. V. S. Rao and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Wednesday reserved judgment in the writ petition pertaining to security arrangements on the premises of High Court.

The Bench heard the counsel appearing for the High Court, the Advocates Association and the Bar Council. Some advocates impleaded themselves and their counsel was also heard. It may be recalled that another Bench of the court had taken note of the recent incidents in the court as suo motu writ petition and passed orders regulating the entry into the court.

Restraint sought

The High Court's standing counsel said there was a need to enhance the security in the light of the incidents of ransacking of court halls by the agitating advocates. The Advocates Association made it clear that the administration of the court will have to take care of the security but, at the same time, the convenience of advocates and litigant public had to be kept in mind.

Meanwhile, High Court advocates abstained from work for the third consecutive day to protest the eviction of an advocate from the court premises by the police on Saturday and the belligerent attitude of the registry officials present.

An extraordinary general body meeting of the Advocates Association will be held on Monday to decide whether to continue or to call off the boycott of courts in the light of conclusion of arguments in the writ petition.