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aatma   19 February 2009

Real Beneficiary of CrPC Amendment

Lawyers hurl eggs at Swamy inside Madras HC hall
18 Feb 2009
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chen ... 146026.cms

CHENNAI: The ongoing court boycott of the Madras high court on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue took an ugly turn on Tuesday when some lawyers hurled rotten eggs on Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, an acerbic critic of the LTTE, right in front of two horrified judges.

Swamy, waiting in the court of Justice P K Misra and Justice K Chandru, was targeted by the mob which raised pro-Tamil Eelam slogans and punched him. Even the presence of a large posse of police personnel and Swamy's own security men did not deter the advocates, who barred entry to others as soon as they entered the court hall.

Despite repeated, high-pitched warnings from the judges, the "unruly mob" of advocates foul-mouthed the former union minister and rained egg-missiles on him. Swamy was in court to get himself impleaded as a party to a writ appeal relating to the Chidambaram Natarajar Temple.

During his nearly 45-minute wait in court on Tuesday morning, the restive crowd of lawyers kept swelling, culminating in the attack at around 11.30 a.m. After the judges, shaking with anger, yelled at the mob and restored order, Swamy, a Z-category protectee, told the court that he did not feel safe even inside the court hall. He was then permitted to have his securitymen with him inside the hall.

The judges later recorded the happenings in detail and sent a report to the Aacting Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya for appropriate action. The Contempt of Courts Act requires the chief justice's nod to initiate suo motu contempt proceedings. (only contempt of the court! that to after the nod from the CJ ) The judges marked a copy to the Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, also.

NGR Prasad, a senior member of the Bar, condemned the incident and said every person is entitled to present his point of view in court. "You may not agree with him. But that hardly entitles you to unleash violence against him. What about the image of the court and lawyers? Our struggle is undoubtedly laudable, but there has to be restraint," he said.

Senior advocate K M Vijayan said, "inside the court or outside, vandalism of all forms should be condemned. Vested interests are keeping this issue burning, in view of the coming elections. No matter what Swamy's stand or agenda is, he should not be subjected to violence, that too by advocates. Anarchy should not be permitted in courts."


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aatma   19 February 2009

Bonus Fun News:


Security system in place in Madras HC

Jan 29 2009

28: The newly-introduced access control system for advocates, litigant
public and others was implemented in the Madras high court on Wednesday.

were deployed at the North gate, Aavin gate, Esplanade entrance and
south gate. Advocates gained entry into the premises after showing ID
cards. Litigants were allowed entry only after passing through a metal
detector, frisking and disclosing details of the purpose of their visit
and case details.

PALNITKAR V.V. (Lawyer)     19 February 2009

It is really painful to note what has happened in the Court Hall. I dont know where our democracy is going?

Kanhaiya Singh (Advocate)     19 February 2009

The incident was unrully and highly condemnable. Every citizen of India has got a fundamental right to approach the court of Law.

Uma parameswaran (lawyer)     19 February 2009

Assaulted in the presence of judges inside the court room cannot connive.

Shree. ( Advocate.)     21 February 2009

Extra Bonus:

Case registered against Swamy for abusing Dalit lawyer:

The city police today registered a case against Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy under the Protection of Civil Rights Act for allegedly abusing a Dalit lawyer, using his caste name yesterday, when a group of lawyers assaulted him in a court hall.

The police registered the case on a complaint by Rajnikanth, a practising lawyer in Madras High court, who is cited as the first accused in the case relating to the assault of Dr Swamy in the court hall.

Tension prevailed as a group of about 100 lawyers, led by former Madras High court Advocates Association President Karuppan virtually laid siege to the Police station located in the High court complex and demanded that the police must take action against Dr Swamy for abusing the lawyer.

In his complaint, Rajnikanth said he belonged to the Scheduled Caste community and Dr Swamy had abused him, using his caste name.

''Para Nayai suttu thallungal'' (shoot down this Dalit dog).

After Rajnikanth filed the complaint, the group of lawyers, representing all the lawyers, cited as accused in the case in the Swmay assault case, virtually challenged the police to arrest them.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Panneerselvam, who was present in the police station, however, suggested that the lawyers could surrender in a court, instead of getting arrested.

In all, police registered cases against 20 lawyers and mentioned the names of 14 lawyers in the FIR. Police so far arrested only one lawyer, Gini Leo Immanuel last last night and remanded him to judicial custody.



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