Advocates' associations declare three-day court boycott

Protest against the latest amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: All major advocates' associations here have declared a three-day court boycott from Wednesday onwards, protesting the latest amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

An announcement to this effect was made by the Madras High Court Advocates' Association president, S. Prabakaran, at the end of a joint rally, human chain and demonstration. Members of the MHAA, the Madras Bar Association and the Women Lawyers' Association took part in the stir.

The president of the Law Association, J. Rajendra Prasad, led a separate rally. He said the members of the Association would abstain from court for three days. Another group of advocates met at the MHAA hall and declared a three-day boycott.

The status of the High Court Registry's recent circular, introducing new conditions for filing bail and anticipatory bail petitions, however, remained unclear. Though Chief Justice Markandey Katju had a meeting with a large number of senior advocates and told them that the circular would be recalled, Registry sources told mediapersons in the evening that a final decision would be taken in a day or two. The office, however, has been asked not to insist on the new conditions for now, they added. A group of advocates burnt copies of the circular.

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