Advocates to boycott courts indefinitely

The advocates want compensation for colleagues injured in police baton charge in the civil court complex in Bangalore.

Published: 05th March 2012 09:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:29 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Amid intensified protests by journalists seeking stronger action for the violence against them by lawyers, advocates today decided to boycott courts indefinitely to press for compensation for their colleagues injured in police baton charge in the civil court complex here.

The Advocates Association of Bangalore at its meeting asked the government to grant compensation to advocates whose vehicles were either torched or damaged in the March 2 incidents during which journalists came under attack from unruly lawyers.

AAB president K N Subbra Reddy told PTI here that the meeting reiterated its demand for immediate shifting of DGP Shankar Bidari, City Police Commissioner B G Jyoti Prakash Mirji and divesting of Home portfolio from R Asoka.

Meanwhile, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen deputed senior judge K Sridhar Rao for discussions with the AAB representatives.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of advocates, led by Reddy, submitted a memorandum to Governor H R Bhardwaj demanding action against police who caned advocates.

Continuing their protests for the third consecutive day, a large number of journalists from various districts marched from Press Club to Mahatma Gandhi statue on M G Road, shouting slogans against the government's "inaction" and carrying banners demanding justice.

The journalists presented a memorandum to Justice Sen and demanded a CBI probe in case the incident could be probed outside the judicial purview, or by CID or Lokayukta in case the probe were to be held within the purview of the state government.

The memorandum also pleaded that if the government went ahead with the judicial probe, a judge who has not served in Karnataka court be appointed to head it.

In another development, a local court granted bail to four advocates who had been arrested and remanded to judicial custody on March 3.

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