Bangalore lawyers call for boycott of courts

Bangalore lawyers call for boycott of courts

By: || Updated: 05 Mar 2012 01:20 AM


Bangalore: The
Advocates Association of Bangalore gave a call for boycott of courts
across Karnataka on Monday to protest alleged "police excesses" against
some of its members at the Civil Court complex here.

An emergency
meeting of AAB, convened to discuss the violent incidents and police
action on Friday and also media reports against lawyers, blamed police
"failure" for the ugly events that unfolded.

AAB President K N
Subba Reddy told reporters that had the police initiated timely action,
the attacks would not have occurred.

He said the meeting passed a
resolution seeking shifting of DGP and IGP Shankar Bidari and Bangalore
City Police Commissioner B G Jyoti Prakash Mirji from their posts.

"We
have also decided not to take up cases of media houses as they have
portrayed lawyers badly", Reddy said.

Reddy said the association
suspected the hand of outsiders in the attack on media persons and claimed
he had information that some 100 black coats were purchased from the
association by some persons.

Police have arrested four advocates
in connection with the violence and looking for other suspects.

A
senior police officer, refusing to be identified, said the police were
questioning several advocates, but no fresh arrests were made.

The
four arrested lawyers were remanded to judicial custody till March 16 by
the Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Churi Khan late
Saturday night.

Advocate BAA General Secretary A P Ranganath, who
complained of chest pain, was referred to the Jayadeva Institute of
Cadiology for a check up, police said.

The arrests came  after
the media in the state rejected the judicial probe into the attack as an
"eyewash" and demanded that the guilty advocates be brought to book
immediately.

Sixty-five persons, including 52 police peronnel,
were injured when lawyers went on a rampage protesting presence of
mediapersons to cover the appearance of former Minister and mining baron
Janardhan Reddy in a mining case in the city civil court complex on
Friday.






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