Madras HC turns a fortress, lawyers protest outside court

Police and security officials screened the lawyers and let in only those who had cases listed for the day.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: July 26, 2016 4:43 am
madras high court protest, chennai lawyers protest, Madras high court, Bar Council of India, Advocates Act, Chennai Advocates Act stir, Chennai advocates stir, news, Chennai news, India news Lawyers protest outside Madras High Court on Monday. (Source: PTI)

A day after the Bar Council of India (BCI) suspended nearly 126 Tamil Nadu lawyers in the wake of a threat to lay siege to Madras High Court, hundreds of lawyers gathered outside the premises Monday morning, allegedly to disrupt court proceedings.

Police and security officials screened the lawyers and let in only those who had cases listed for the day.

As the court proceedings started for the day, a lawyer raised the matter before the bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and said the police were restricting lawyers’ entry.

Justice Kaul, who refused to interfere in security arrangements, regretted inconvenience caused to the lawyers and observed that it was not a happy situation.

“But what could the authorities do after lawyers threatened to lay siege (to HC),” he asked, recalling several past attempts by the HC to make lawyers follow the rules.

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