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Advocates in southern districts to intensify stir

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MADURAI, AUG. 18. Advocates in the southern districts today resolved to intensify their agitation in support of various demands, including the transfer of the Madras High Court Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy.

In a meeting convened by the Madurai Bar Association (MBA), representatives of bar associations from 14 districts unanimously demanded the unconditional withdrawal of the 25-point code of conduct for lawyers announced by the Madras High Court recently.

They emphasised that Tiruchi, Thanjavur and Karur districts should be retained under the territorial jurisdiction of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.

The advocates demanded that the pending writ petitions (pertaining to the districts covered by the Madurai Bench) in the Madras High Court up to July 23, 2004, should be immediately transferred to the Madurai Bench. It was unanimously resolved to float a new association - Southern Districts Bar Association.

"We will intensify our agitation by resorting to picketing from Monday. Thousands of advocates from all over the southern districts would join the agitation. We have decided not to apply for bail or demand the release of advocates in the event of being arrested. It will be a `jail bharo' programme till the demands are met," the MBA secretary, A.K. Ramasamy, told newspersons after the meeting.

The MBA president, K. Vellaichamy, presided.

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