BANGALORE: President of Advocates Association K N Subba Reddy has claimed that “almost 99 per cent of those shown in the media footages were not lawyers at all.” Speaking to Express,he lashed out at media for what he called “one-sided reporting” and took exception to the way facts were presented.
He said they held Association held a general body meeting in the High Court and tried to closely watch all the advocates who attacked the media persons and the police on Friday.
”We have realised the men who were hurling stones are not lawyers in the first place. There were a lot of people who bought black lawyers’ coat and they launched this attack.”
Not ruling out a political angle to the incident and coming out in support of Siddaramaiah, the opposition leader in the Assembly, Reddy said, “This was a pre-planned attack by people with vested interests so that the general public is misled about lawyers. Around 99 per cent of those attacking the media and the cops were not advocates and we have crosschecked this.” However, he said Bar Council will punish the guilty if they (attackers) were lawyers.
‘Will Reveal All Things Soon’: Subbar Reddy challenged the police to reveal proof about the ‘vandalizing acts’ of police on the day of the protest. “We have proof regarding the damage that the police caused to us. We are now going to thoroughly gather all these proofs and the truth will be out on Tuesday at a joint press conference by the Advocates Association and the BAR Council,” he said.
Moily for Talks to End Problem: Meanwhile, Union Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily on Saturday said that the Friday’s incident was “very shocking” and “We should hang our heads in shame.”
A judicial probe, however, was not the answer to the problem, he said adding that negotiations between the government and the lawyer-journalist community to resolve their issues was the solution. “What will happen with Judicial Probe?” he questioned.