The Madras High Court has directed police to act on a complaint by a city lawyer against advocates of Thiruvannamalai Bar Association that they had assaulted him after questioning his presence there when he had gone to attend a case.
Justice P N Prakash passed the orders on a Criminal Original Petition filed by D Balaji, who sought a direction to register a case on his complaint which he had sent by Registered Post to police in that town. Balaji submitted he had gone to the police station in that town to file a complaint, but around 25 lawyers from the local bar prevented him from appearing before the police officer concerned.
“Petitioner is directed to appear before the respondent police in person and lodge a fresh complaint containing the very same contents filed previously dated July 15 2016. The same should be enquired into separately and action be taken in accordance with law if it discloses cognizable offence or drop action otherwise.”
Balaji submitted that he had gone to District Sessions Court at Thiruvannamalai on July 14 to file a section for enquiry about a Criminal Miscellaneous Petition. Thiruvannamalai Bar Association president V Ramakrishnan and Vice president G Rajendran approached him and questioned his credentials and demanded his ID card,which he showed. Ramakrishnan then suddenly started shouting at him and asked him if he was a big shot and was going to appear before district Court on July 15, to which he replied he had only come to note some details with regard to a case.
To this, Ramakrishnan told the petitioner he was an advocate in Madras High court and questioned his necessity to come to the town, took the ID card along with him and asked him to follow him. Balaji submitted that another lawyer standing nearby made a phone call, following which about 10 to 15 advocates came to the spot, started abusing him in filthy language and then assaulted him.
Balaji submitted he did not file a complaint before police due to severe pain after the assault and for security reasons sent it through Registered post to them on July 15,for which he was given CSR (Community Service Receipt).
The petitioner prayed for a direction from the Court to register a complaint and investigate the matter.