Lawyers in Tamil Nadu will boycott court proceedings on February 19 to protest "failure" of the state government in taking action against police officers held responsible for the violence in the Madras high court premises a year ago.
The decision was taken today at a meeting of the Joint Action Committee representing various advocates associations, including Madras high court Advocates' Association (MHAA), Tamil Nadu Advocates Association, Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Womens' Lawyers Association.
MHAA president RC Paul Kanagaraj said in a statement that "members of the legal fraternity will abstain from all courts in Tamil Nadu on February 19 and will forma 'human chain'. The day will be observed as 'black' day and advocates will wear black shirts."
The CBI had last month filed a chargesheet against four police personnel and 32 advocates in a city court and recommended departmental action against 22 policemen in the case regarding the lawyers-police clash in the Madras high court complex on February 19 last year.