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SC report calls TN lawyers hooligans
Published on 7 Mar. 2009 12:21 AM IST
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The Justice Srikrishna Committee report on the Madras High Court violence has slammed Tamil Nadu lawyers calling them hooligans. The report submitted to the Supreme Court raps lawyers for their unruly behaviour. The interim report was submitted to Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan on the panel’s preliminary probe into the February 19 incidents at Madras High Court leading to clashes between police and lawyers. Retired Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna indicted the lawyers in his report submitted to the apex court. In his report, Srikrishna urged the Supreme Court to “take this opportunity to exercise its extraordinary constitutional powers and lay down sufficient guidelines for the behaviour of the lawyers within and without the court premises as the bar councils have not been acting as an effective regulatory body of their professional conduct,” IAN reports. Lawyers contested the report on Friday. The Supreme Court has thrown up its hands on the issue, saying it refused to hear the matter anymore, and sent it to the Madras High Court for further action. It said the high court could decide on the issue of holding a judicial inquiry into the incident. The report accuses lawyers of behaving like hooligans and miscreants. Lawyers think they are immune from the law, the report adds. Soft-pedalling policy by the lawyers led to the situation, the report goes on to say. Lawyers have been on strike since February 19 demanding action against police officials responsible for the alleged assault. The advocates have refused to accede to the CJI’s request to resume work even after the apex court ordered a probe by Justice Srikrishna and temporary removal of police officers named by the Tamil Nadu lawyers as responsible for the ugly incidents.

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