TAMIL NADU

Lawyers to stay away from courts

Demanding appointment of judges

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court Bar Association (MMBA) has resolved to indefinitely abstain from attending court proceedings from Friday. The protest is to highlight the demand for expeditious appointment of judges to the Madras High Court.

Though the High Court has a sanctioned strength of 49 judges, including seven for the Madurai Bench, more than 20 posts are lying vacant.

The extraordinary general body meeting of the association held here further resolved to request the Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Markandey Katju, to select young advocates as judges, without following the convention of choosing candidates above 50 years of age. The present practice deprived the opportunity for judges of the State from being elevated to the Supreme Court. It also requested the Union Government to double the salary of High Court Judges and to render it tax-free, enabling efficient persons to be elevated as Judges.

MBHAA too

The Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association (MBHAA), resolved to indefinitely suspend work from October 3, seeking immediate filling up of vacancies. In a release issued here on Thursday, the secretary of the association, M. Ajmal Khan, said the association would also request the Chief Justice to allot 12 judges to Madurai Bench. The State Government would be urged to transfer the investigation pertaining to the murder of Kumaraguru, an advocate attached to Usilampatti bar association, to the Crime Branch-CID.

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