Madras High Court proceedings were disrupted on Thursday after a group of 20 advocates demanding Tamil be made official language of the court laid siege to Chief Justice’s court hall on Thursday.
The incident happened when the first bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish K Agnihotri and Justice M M Sundresh was hearing the mentioned matters at 10.30am. Eyewitnesses said the advocates sporting black cloths around their mouth stormed into the court hall raising slogans. The protest lasted for nearly an hour.
Justice Agnihotri urged the advocates to maintain decorum. Later the judges retired to their chambers.
During the melee arguments also broke out between senior advocate G Rajagopalan and the agitating group as the former took exception to court proceedings being disrupted.
R C Paul Kanagaraj, president of Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA), placated the demonstrators. He said the court required a few days to discuss the issue among judges, some of them sitting in Madurai bench.