Oppn evicted as Lawyer-police clash rocks TN Assembly

Entire opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly was evicted en masse following uproar over lawyer-police clash in Madras High Court.

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: February 20, 2009 3:50 pm

Thursday’s unprecedented violence inside the Madras High Court campus rocked Tamil Nadu Assembly on Friday as the State Government’s announcement about CBI enquiry did not satisfy Opposition and others,who demanded a discussion on the clash inside the House.

As soon as the House convened for discussion on the State Budget 2009-2010,Opposition AIADMK and MDMK,the Left parties and PMK demanded suspension of Question Hour for discussing the incident.

Speaker R Avudiyappan,however,refused permission to suspend the Question Hour,stating that he would consider the matter later. This angered the Opposition parties,who raised slogans about the deteriorating law and order situation in the State. Avudiyappan stood his ground following which major Opposition AIADMK and its ally MDMK,and their recent partners CPI and CPM staged a walk out.

Members of PMK,erstwhile ally of DMK-led coalition,continue to stall the proceedings,demanding for an immediate discussion. Eventually,the Speaker ordered their eviction when they refused to relent.

Though those who walked out returned,the ruckus continued when the Speaker refused permission for the debate and instead asked the Law Minister to make a statement on the issue under Rule 110. This ultimately led to their eviction when the House could not proceed amid the noisy scenes.

Law Minister Durai Murugan,clarifying the Government’s stand on the incident,said that following the attack on Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy – who was attacked by a group of pro-LTTE lawyers inside a court room on Wednesday – the police was asked to take action against those who were named in the complaint. In the meanwhile,some of the lawyers preferred a complaint against Swami under the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act for allegedly abusing a lawyer calling his caste name.

When the police tried to arrest those who attacked Swamy,the advocates demanded that Swami be arrested first,before they were taken into custody for assaulting him. This led to the skirmishes between police and advocates,which finally resulted in the violence,said the Minister,adding that there would be an impartial enquiry into the whole chain of events by the CBI,as directed by the Acting Chief Justice.

Meanwhile,reacting to the incident that sullied the image of the State,Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said that there was a conspiracy to topple his Government,though he did not name any. The Chief Minister,recuperating from a surgery to his back,said in a statement that yesterday’s violence was instigated by a section,and appealed all to remain calm to maintain peace.

Even as the ruckus continued inside the Assembly on Friday,a group of lawyers who arrived at the Secretariat were denied permission by the police to enter the premises. They were finally arrested and removed after nearly an hour.

Courts across Tamil Nadu did not function on Friday as per the closure order given by Acting Chief Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya.

At Madurai where a Bench of the Madras High Court is located,lawyers set three State-owned buses that were inside the district court premises on Thursday night. In neighbouring Puducherry,a group of lawyers burnt the effigy of Subramanian Swamy,who earned the ire of the advocates for his unwavering stance against the LTTE.

Swamy appeared in the Madras High Court on Thursday to plead himself as a party in a case against the State Government for taking over the administration of Nataraj Temple at Chidambaram. The lawyers associations were irked by his decision to appear when they had called for a statewide boycott of court proceedings over the continuing war in Lanka and the proposed amendments to the CrPC,said sources.

Situation at Cuddalore district was tenser on Friday,as the body Tamilvendan,a youth who self-immolated over the continuing Lankan war,was cremated in the morning. A 30-year-old carpentrer,Tamilvendan alias Jyoti set self on fire in front of the Cuddalore district collectorate on Wednesday,suffering fatal injuries. The district authorities had declared holiday for all education institutions in Cuddalore on Friday.

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