Six advocates get bail in Court work disruption case

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Madurai, Mar 25 (UNI) The Madurai bench of Madras High Court has granted bail to six advocates in a case relating to disruption of court work.

When the petition came for hearing last evening, Mr Justice S Nagamuthu observed that the profession of lawyers was a sacred one and they had no right to struggle affecting the public and obstructing the work of the court cannot be permitted.

As the counsel for the petitioners had said that the incidents during the agitation of the lawyers should be forgotten and gave an undertaking that they would not take part in any agitation, the Judge granted them bail.

The six advocates, including Nagercoil District Bar Association President Chidambarathanu Pillai, Executive Committee members Jegannath, Joseph Benedict, Mohanraj, Virgili and Venkatesan were arrested by the police on the charge of disrupting court works and damaging the name Board at the Office of the Free Legal Aid Services Authority at Nagercoil on March 19, last during a protest against the police.

The incarcerated advocates filed a plea before the High Court stating that the police had foisted false cases against the lawyers, who were demonstrating peacefully. Police had also locked the doors and gates to create problems for the lawyers, they said.

The Judge directed the Bar Association to meet in a week and discuss their problems with the District Judge and find a solution.

Until then, no lawyer should be arrested and a decision could be taken after the lawyers meet the district judge, he said.

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