Indian lawyers prepare High Court boycott

By James Barnes

18 February 2013 at 11:49 BST

Lawyers are set to boycott courts in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu tomorrow - including the Madras High Court - to mark the fourth anniversary of police 'excesses' on lawyers inside the court campus.

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The Times of India reports that Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) treasurer R Sudha – who is best remembered for shielding Justice A C Arumuga Perumal Adityan from police in 2009 –  said that the boycott was lawyers’ way of ‘reminding ourselves the unfinished job of bringing the guilty to the book’.

Court holiday

R C Paul Kanagaraj, who was president of the MHAA at that time, also said that police officers who were found guilty of ‘excesses’ but were subsequently given a reprieve should not be allowed off the hook so easily.
Senior lawyers have also called for the day to be marked as a court holiday to avoid the loss of a working day.


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