Frequent strikes by Tamil Nadu lawyers were brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Thursday. The court agreed with senior advocate Harish Salve that lawyers have started going on strikes virtually for every reason. The Madras High Court,for instance,has worked for only nine days so far this year. The lawyers were absent from work during the remaining working days. From issues related to judiciary to the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka lawyers have halted work on a range of issues.
Agreeing that it is a serious matter,the court issued notices to the various Bar bodies of the Madras High Court,including the Registrar General of the HC. The court gave respondents time till February 27 to file their replies.
The issue was raised by Salve on behalf of R Muralidharan,an advocate of the Madras HC whos also a visiting faculty at NALSAR,Hyderabad,and IIM-Bangalore.
Seeking urgent intervention,Salve said,There is an increasing trend of politicisation of the Bar and increasing violent tendencies have crept in. He cited some recent incidents of violent attacks and vandalism during the clashes in support of Lankan Tamils. Seeking to know why strike called by the Madras High Court Advocates Association,which has about 7,000 lawyers,should not be declared illegal,the court issued notice and sought response from the Bar Council of India,and also that of Tamil Nadu.