HYDERABAD: Several Telangana advocates were arrested by the police both inside and outside the High Court premises on Friday. They were participating in the ‘Chalo High Court’ programme call given by the Telangana Rashtra High Court Sadhana Samithi with the demand for constitution of a separate High Court for the state.
Advocates from various districts of the state assembled near the office building of the Bar Council of AP and started raising slogans in support of their demand.
During lunch hour, a six-member delegation led by Samithi chairman M Sahodhar Reddy made an attempt to meet the chief justice in his chamber to submit a representation with the plea to initiate steps for formation of separate High Court for the state and not to proceed with the appointments in the lower judiciary. Denied immediate appointment, the delegation members raised slogans in support of their demand outside the chamber of the chief justice. Policemen, who were present in large numbers all over the court and in the corridors, took them into custody. Another batch of Telangana advocates, who gathered near the Madina Circle, were also taken into custody by the police.
The arrested advocates were taken to the Dabeerpura and Bahadurpura police stations and were released later in the evening by taking bail bond.
Besides Sahodhar Reddy, bar council members K Sunil Goud, Javed, Telangana advocates JAC co-convenor P Goverdhan Reddy and presidents of various district Bar associations of the state were among those arrested.
In protest against the arrest of Telangana advocates, the Telangana Rashtra High Court Sadhana Samithi called upon all advocates of the state to boycott the National Lok Adalat scheduled to be held on Saturday (March 14).
Pursuant to the decision taken by the Bar Council of India, the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh on Friday called upon the advocates of AP and Telangana states to abstain from court work on March 16 in protest against the brutal killing of an advocate by the police officials on the court premises at Allahabad on March 11.
It was reported that 30-year-old Nabi Ahmed was shot dead allegedly by a sub-inspector of police inside the district court premises in Allahabad.