Lawyers argue with Bar Council chairman

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:20 pm IST

Published - September 17, 2015 12:00 am IST - MADURAI:

The Madras High Court Bench here witnessed tense moments on Wednesday when a section of lawyers had an altercation with Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry chairman D. Selvam inside a court hall, since he refused to accept their demand to boycott the court proceedings condemning the arrest of 12 lawyers in Chennai on Monday.

Former president of Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association (MBHAA) W. Peter Ramesh Kumar and Mr. Selvam had a heated exchange when the latter refused to leave the court hall as insisted upon by the protesting lawyers and stated that a call for abstaining from court proceedings should have been given before the court proceedings began and not when they were halfway through.

The protesting lawyers left the hall only after the intervention of Justice R. Sudhakar leading a Division Bench along with Justice V.M. Velumani in the court hall. Later, they went around the corridors shouting slogans against the arrest of lawyers who laid siege to the Chief Justice’s court hall at the Principal Seat in Chennai, demanding introduction of Tamil as the official language of the court.

When they entered court hall number three, presided over by Justices S. Nagamuthu and V.S. Ravi, MBHAA secretary C.M. Arumugam politely informed the judges about their decision to boycott the courts and requested the lawyers in the court hall to join the protest. However, there was hardly any response to the call and hence the protestors left. In the meantime, word spread that the Division Bench led by Mr. Justice Sudhakar had initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against the lawyers who entered into an altercation in his court hall. Within hours thereafter, additional police force was also deployed on the campus. However, court officials denied any such order having been passed by the Bench.

He had refused to accept their demand to boycott court

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