Interim stay granted in police-lawyers clash case

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High Court has posted the matter for January 29

Additional CMM told to furnish certified copy of charge sheet to petitioner

Charge sheet illegal and violative of orders of Full Bench: petitioner

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday granted interim stay of further proceedings before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Egmore, pursuant to the filing of the charge sheet by the CBI in connection with the police-lawyers clash on the High Court premises on February 19 last year. The High Court has posted the matter for January 29.

Justice K.N.Basha passed the order on a petition by a woman advocate who has been cited as an accused in a charge sheet. He directed the Additional CMM to furnish a certified copy of the charge sheet to the petitioner on the basis of her application.

Meanwhile, a general body meeting of the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) on Monday said the association would continue its agitation till a charge sheet against all police officials, including the then Chennai Police Commissioner, K.Radhakrishnan, is filed. There would be a picketing programme (in front of the High Court) on January 27. The association strongly condemned the ‘biased’ charge sheet by the Central agency.

In her petition, K.Angaiyarkanni said she sustained grievous injuries in the lathicharge by the police on the date of the incident. She was later hospitalised. The High Court also ordered compensation to her. The order of the High Court Full Bench was comprehensive and contained all facts leading to assault on advocates and judges.

In the charge sheet, she was alleged to have been part of a conspiracy, unlawful assembly and the group that ultimately set fire to the High Court police station. The charge sheet was illegal and violative of the orders of the Full Bench of the High Court.

The lower court had without jurisdiction taken cognisance of the charge sheet. She prayed the court to call for the records pertaining to the charge sheet and quash the same. She also sought a stay of all further proceedings on the file of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, pending disposal of the petition.

Advocates stage demo

Advocates, led by MHAA secretary G.Mohana Krishnan, staged a demonstration opposite the High Court to protest against the charge sheet against advocates.

MBA resolution

The Madras Bar Association at its extraordinary general body meeting resolved to attend courts from January 27. It said: “The MBA hereby resolves to take decisions independently regarding any call for boycott and act accordingly.”

It strongly condemned the “one-sided and perfunctory investigation” by CBI with regard to the February 19 incident. It resolved to take appropriate legal action against the final report by the CBI against lawyers and pledged its full support to the lawyers implicated, association president R.Krishnamoorthy said in a press release.

The Women Lawyers’ Association resolved to resume work from Wednesday, according to its president D.Prasanna.

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