As their standoff with the High Court persisted,striking advocates said on Sunday that they would continue their boycott despite the court notifying that its judges would take up matters and decide them on merit from March 16.
We will continue with our boycott for the time being, president of the Madras High Court Advocates Association R C Paul Kanakaraj said. He said the High Court notification on Saturday was aimed at intimidating us to come to courts though we are fighting on behalf of the entire judiciary.
In its notification on Saturday,the High Court had said that in the event of advocates not being available when criminal matters were being heard,either advocates on the panel of the amicus curiae would be requested to appear for the accused or a notice would be sent to the accused,who are on bail or in jail,telling them to make alternative arrangements.
The MHAA and Tamil Nadu Advocates Association,which were insisting action against police officials for the February 19 attacks against them,had submitted a memorandum to the High Court Registrar General stating that advocates will be withdrawing their vakalats (civil side) and memos (criminal side) for appearance.
Asked about the advocates continuing their boycott following the clash between the police and lawyers,Chief Minister M Karunanidhi told reporters on Sunday that the issue was turning into a courts versus advocates stand-off.