The Karnataka High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a batch of public interest litigation (PIL) petitions seeking to initiate action against advocates boycotting court proceedings in violation of the Supreme Court’s directives and for framing of rules to prevent such boycotts.

The Division Bench, headed by Chief Justice D.H. Waghela, reserved its judgment after completion of arguments on the petitions filed by social activist Vishwanath Swamy and others.

The Bench, earlier headed by then acting Chief Justice K. Sreedhar Rao, had directed the Registry to issue notices to all the advocates’ associations asking them to file objections.

As no other bodies other than the Advocates’ Association of Bangalore appeared before the court, the Bench had directed the Registry to place records to show that notices have been served to all the advocates’ associations on the record before the next hearing.

The PIL pleas had been filed seeking action against the advocates who boycotted the court proceedings after the violence that broke out in the City Civil Court Complex in the city on March 2, 2012.

Petitioner Swamy had contended that the apex court had held that boycotting court proceedings amounts to interfering with the administration of justice, breach of trust on the part of the lawyers, as they would not be representing the interests of their clients, and also misconduct.

He had suggested that a Grievance Redressal Committee, consisting of one of the judges of the High Court, the State’s Advocate-General, one woman advocate, one senior advocate, Chairman of Karnataka Bar Council, Advocates Association president and others be set up to address the grievances of the advocates. — PTI

  • Action sought against lawyers who boycotted court proceedings after violence in March 2012

  • The petitioners argued that the boycott was in violation of Supreme Court directives