Court boycott unconstitutional, says judge

Published: 17th December 2012 10:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2012 10:10 AM   |  A+A-


Judge of Madras High Court and Vellore District, Chitra Venkataraman said the boycott of court by advocates was not in line with the responsibilities bestowed upon them by the Constitution of India.

Inaugurating the combined court building at Katpadi on Sunday, she questioned the legal fraternity as to whether they were doing justice to their role.

Stating that the judiciary existed only for the people, she said the legal fraternity should think about their responsibility and act accordingly. She made the remarks following a boycott of the function by a section of advocates in protest against not being invited for the inauguration.

“Court boycott by advocates is self-denial of responsibility given by the Constitution,” she said.

Later in the day, she inaugurated the Combined Court Building at Ranipet.

Minister of School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Law, Court and Prisons N R Sivapathy, said the AIADMK Government had allocated Rs 93 crore to construct new court buildings and judge quarters.

“The Chief Minister has also announced Rs 100 crore to establish a National Law School at Srirangam, in Tiruchy.”

The CM had increased the Advocate Welfare Fund from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5.25 lakh. She had also allocated Rs 10 lakh to construct an arch to commemorate the 150th year of the Madras High Court, besides sanctioning Rs 11.78 crore to construct a building to store court documents.


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