Lawyers clash with journalists for second day on Kerala HC premises

The pleader, Danesh Mathew, was arrested on charges of molesting a woman on July 14, and was granted bail later.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:July 21, 2016 3:06 am
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM File photo of Kerala High Court

Advocates and media persons clashed at Kerala High Court for the second day Wednesday. Tension has been prevailing on the premises for the last two days over an alleged “wrong report” published in a daily saying that Kerala High Court Bar Association had failed to adopt a unanimous resolution deploring the arrest of a government pleader.

The pleader, Danesh Mathew, was arrested on charges of molesting a woman on July 14, and was granted bail later. The advocates have maintained that the case is fabricated.

Mathew moved a petition in the High Court Tuesday to quash the case . In the meantime, when the advocates took up the matter with the journalists, a few among them allegedly used abusive language, leading to a scuffle. Later, reporters boycotted a bar association press conference.

On Wednesday, advocates and journalists again had an argument. As advocates stopped them from using the media room, they staged a sit-in in front of the HC. Soon, another clash took place with injuries on both sides. A few advocates sustained injuries in subsequent police action.

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