CHENNAI: THE Madras High Court has directed the Tiruvannamalai police to take action in accordance with law against the members of the local Bar Association, who allegedly attacked Chennai-based advocate D Balaji, who went there in connection with a case.
Justice PN Prakash gave the direction while disposing of a criminal original petition from Balaji, practising in the Madras High Court, on Wednesday.
The judge directed the petitioner to lodge a fresh complaint before the Tiruvannamalai police in person. The police shall hold enquiry and take action in accordance with law, the judge added.
According to petitioner, he went to the District Sessions Court in Tiruvannamalai on July 14 last, in connection with a case. When he reached the court premises, he was intercepted by local bar leader V Ramakrishnan and his deputy G Rajendran and forced to show his ID card. Soon, about 25 lawyers surrounded him and abused him with filthy language. Claiming monopoly over their right to practice in the local courts, they seriously objected to Balaji entering into the court room. Petitioner was also attacked by the local lawyers.
Petitioner did not lodge the complaint with the police station in person due to severe pain and for security reasons. He sent it by registered post with acknowledgement due on July 15. The Tiruvannamalai police, who received it, gave a CSR number. As there was no progress, he approached the High Court with the present petition.