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Advocates to continue indefinite court boycott

A. Subramani

CHENNAI: Not satisfied with Law Minister Durai Murugan’s assurance to striking advocates that penal action would be taken against the head constable who allegedly assaulted two advocates on October 1, the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) has resolved to continue its indefinite court boycott. Alleging that yet another advocate was assaulted by a police patrol team near Anna Nagar on Tuesday night, the MHAA members took out a rally in the morning and entered all court halls exhorting advocates to join the agitation. The extraordinary general body meeting of the association also adopted a resolution to continue the strike, reiterating its demand that the head constable, who had allegedly attacked two advocates at Stanley Hospital, be arrested forthwith.

The MHAA president, R.C. Paul Kanagaraj, said the Anna Nagar incident of advocate Thirumalai Nambi being assaulted by the police had turned the advocate community against the police yet again. “Though Tuesday’s meeting with Mr. Durai Murugan had assuaged the temper of advocates to a large extent, the latest incident left the association with no option but to reiterate its demand for the arrest of the erring policeman,” he said. “I have no answer to our members’ apprehension that such excesses would continue if a deterrent action was not taken now,” he said. G. Mohanakrishnan, secretary of the MHAA, said advocates took out a campus rally on Wednesday morning holding aloft the bloodstained clothes of Mr. Thirumalai Nambi.

The decision to continue the boycott was taken after the MHAA general body felt that the proposed action against the head constable was inadequate, he said.

K. Santhakumari, president of the Women Lawyers’ Association (WLA), said an extraordinary general body of the forum would meet on Thursday. The court boycott entered fifth day on Wednesday, affecting normal court proceedings.

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