It took just 10 to 15 minutes for Chief Justice of High Court, Madras M. Y. Eqbal to sort out the year-long dispute among lawyers in Ambur, who stood divided in three factions fighting for top posts of the Bar Association.
At the end of the meeting with the Chief Justice, the lawyers unanimously elected the office-bearers for the Bar Association of Ambur.
At the inauguration of the Combined Court Building and Judicial Officer’s Quarters at Ambur on Saturday, Mr. Justice Eqbal pointed out that through this infrastructure, the lawyers would get a good building with space for library, waiting lounge and other facilities, which are required for the right ambience and comfortable discharge of their professional duty.
“But I am very sorry and it is painful to hear that in this taluk, the lawyers have formed three associations and these lawyers are fighting. There is no election and no office-bearers. What will the people say? If any dispute arose and they are advised to go to the court of law, they will immediately ask when the lawyers themselves are fighting, what will they do for clients,” he said.
“I am told that there is ego problem on who wants to lead the association. It is the duty of the senior advocates to sit with them and settle the dispute. I am ready to devote one hour time and will mediate with them. We can find an amicable solution.”
Soon after the function, the Chief Justice along with Judges of Madras High Court R. Banumathi, R. Sudhakar and K. Venkataraman sat with the three heads of the three groups at the venue of the function along with the Ambur lawyers to arrive at an amicable solution.
At the end of the meeting, the lawyers unanimously agreed to form Ambur Bar Association and elected its office-bearers . They also gave their unanimous decision in writing.