Dattu said that conditions are becoming worse day by day as lawyers are even entering the chambers of the judges

Chief Justice of India says fear psychosis ruling the Madras HC slams lawyersBy Yoga Balaji, via Wikimedia Commons
news Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:38

After hundreds of lawyers stormed the Chennai court campus last week to protect two Madurai-based Bar members, the Chief Justice of India HL Dattu has said that ‘lawlessness’ among a section of advocates in Madras High Court has made judges go through ‘fear psychosis’ in court rooms in Tamil Nadu.

Talking about the deteriorating condition in the Madras High Court, HL Dattu said that conditions are becoming worse day by day as lawyers are even entering the chambers of the judges and said, “It is time we protect the judges.”

Highlighting the problems senior advocate KK Venugopal reportedly told the court, “Lawyers marching in procession shouting slogans in the HC corridors, lawyers bringing their families to the courtroom and creating disturbances, advocates abusing judges and filing incessant complaints against them.”

HL Dattu added that the judges facing ‘fear psychosis’ is a curse to the existing justice delivery system as the judges while taking oath say that they will perform their duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will and that they will uphold the constitution and the laws.

The Times of India had earlier reported that jurists say that action should be taken against lawyers for their unruly behaviour. Jurists have told TOI that there are three options - one, the bar council should dismiss the culprits; two, the high court itself should take action against the lawyers; and three, the police should take action against the lawyers.

Here is what the CJI said,

“There is a fear psychosis in the court halls as the judges are on constant lookout for the mob to come in. This is strange since Madras HC in the past is known to have set high traditions for lawyers. As young lawyers, we were advised by our seniors to go and watch experience Tamil lawyers’ arguments in them. They established high traditions in the court. Can we tell youngsters to go to Madras HC and learn from there at present? 

 

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