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Lawyers damage police bus, block traffic

By Our Staff Reporter

— Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

An agitating lawyer deflating one of the tyres of a police bus in front of the Madras High Court campus in Chennai on Friday.

CHENNAI, AUG. 20. With the Madras High Court premises remaining relatively peaceful, a section of lawyers, protesting against a 25-point conduct rules and demanding the transfer of the Chief Justice, damaged a police bus and blocked the road today.

After a campus rally this morning, the advocates trooped out and obstructed traffic for some time. Following a brief altercation, the police tried to take three advocates into custody.

This attempt sparked loud protests from others who smashed the windscreen of the police bus and deflated its tyres.

In the evening, the Esplanade police registered a case for offences under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Criminal Law Amendment Act and the Tamil Nadu Public Properties (Prevention of Destruction) Act, on a complaint preferred by driver Selvamani.

Signature campaign

On their part, some lawyers began a signature campaign listing charges against the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy. The list would be forwarded to the Chief Justice of India, they said.

A bail application, moved on behalf of the four advocates who were arrested in connection with three criminal cases yesterday, was dismissed by a magistrate court here.

Bharanidharan, VII Metropolitan Magistrate, said the investigation was at a crucial stage.

According to counsel for the accused, Sankarasubbu, another bail plea would be moved in the sessions court on Monday.

`Unwarranted'

The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu (BCT) has criticised yesterday's press statement by the Tamil Nadu Judicial Officers' Association calling for stricter conduct rules for advocates. In a press release here, the BCT Chairman, R. Dhanapal Raj, referring to the council's opposition to the conduct rules under Section 34(1) of the Advocates Act, said the judicial officers' statement was unwarranted at this stage.

Instead of issuing such statements, subordinate judicial officers must concentrate on finding an amicable solution to end the ongoing agitation by lawyers, he said.

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