MHAA has asked Chennai lawyers to start a strike on Monday

Madras HC drama Lawyers association to boycott courts against Bar Council suspending lawyersBy Milei.vencel (Own work)(], via Wikimedia Commons
news Monday, September 28, 2015 - 09:36

The Madras High Court vs. the Madurai Bar Association saga does not seem to be nearing an end, after the Madras High Court asked clients to boycott lawyers for compensation in case of a boycott, the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) has asked Chennai lawyers to start a strike on Monday to demand BCI (Bar Council of India) to re-consider its decision on suspension.

“We want the BCI to withdraw its September 22 order suspending 14 lawyers from practising in any court or tribunal pending inquiry against them,“ MHAA President RC Paul Kanagaraj told The Times of India.

He said that no prior notices were issued to them and asked on what “evidential basis” did the BCI( Bar Council of India) select these lawyers.

The state bar associations in the state have demanded a revocation of laws offering immunity to judges. They also asked that judges must be liable to pay damages, in case of passing wrong judgement.

It all started after the Chief Justice of India asked the Bar Councils what action they were taking against the lawlessness of the bar of Tamil Nadu which later led to suspension of advocates by the Bar Council of India. The state bar council also formed a committee and promised to investigate into the matter.

The 14 advocates who were suspended include the Presidents and Secretaries of the District Bar Association, Madurai, and the High Court Bench Bar Association of Madurai.

The lawyers who have been suspended are the ones who had boycotted the high court judgement ordering compulsory helmets. They protested against the judgement without wearing helmets on two-wheelers. They have been suspended on charges of contempt of court by filing petitions against the judges of the high court. Few other lawyers have been suspended for asking Tamil language to be used as the official language of the courts.

At least 50,000 cases are listed on any given day before all courts, including about 3,500 before the high court.