MADURAI: Advocates from the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court continue their court boycott and agitation for the fourth day demanding to change the portfolio of three judges. Further, the advocates picketed the court hall of the administrative judge and said they will not call off the agitation until their demands are met.
Besides, the members of the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court Advocates’ Association (MBHAA) are also demanding more number of judges in the Bench.
The association also rejected the request of the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to call off the protest. Further, the association decided to intensify the agitation by including the southern district advocates associations to strengthen their demands.
Advocate Thirunavukarasu said the protest was on for the past four days and there were no calls from the Chief Justice for talks. He also added that the demands are reasonable and the plea for the change of portfolios of certain judges was only due to the delay in disposal of the cases by them.
MBHAA Secretary A K Manickam said there were lot of cases pending in the Madurai Bench for several years and even the fresh cases filed, were kept pending even without hearing, due the slow disposal of certain judges. He also added that they sought support from all the bar associations across the southern districts for the agitation and wouldn’t give up until their demands were met. The court boycott will continue until a solution was attained, he added.
Earlier on Friday, the advocates blocked the main entrance of the HC Bench. Later they went to the court hall of administrative Judge V Dhanapalan and V M Velumani and besieged it.