Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Law Officers’ chambers in the Madras High Court Bench here wear a deserted look ever since lawyers began boycotting court proceedings after a clash with police on the High Court premises in Chennai on February 19.

Not even a single policeman in uniform has come to the chambers usually swarmed by police personnel from 13 districts under the jurisdiction of the Bench to give instructions to Additional Public Prosecutors (APP) in criminal cases.

The sight was no different even after the judges began to take up cases since Monday and decide them on the basis of arguments advanced either by petitioners themselves or their relatives, if the applicants happened to be in jail. When asked how APPs managed to obtain instructions to contest litigants’ arguments, one of them said that the policemen had been informed to come to their personal offices situated in the city limits outside the court premises. “We have made this arrangement because the presence of policemen in uniform might irk the lawyers leading to unnecessary confrontation. Even to our personal offices, the personnel have been requested to come only in mufti,” he said.