Twelve journalists were asked to leave the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court where they had gathered on Wednesday to report on the Jisha murder case trial.
Around 2.30pm, a group of lawyers barged into the court alleging that the mediapersons, including three women journalists, had encroached into the space allocated for lawyers and their clients, and threatened that they should hence immediately vacate the premises.
When the journalists strongly refuted the allegation, the lawyers stubbornly insisted that they leave, following which the reporters said they would so, if asked by the judge. That is when the lawyers reiterated that theirs was the last word and not that of the judge.
The reporters finally left the court premises after the Shirastedar requested them to do so, so as to prevent the situation from getting worse.
This comes just a day after the media in the state had penned an open letter to the Chief Justice of India asking him to intervene in the current impasse between the media and the lawyers in Kerala.