Lawyers boycott court to protest attacks on scribes by doctors

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Patna, Jun 12 (UNI) Judicial functioning in the Patna civil court was today paralysed after lawyers boycotted proceedings to protest alleged attacks on lensmen by some PMCH's doctors, who were evading arrest.

The District Bar Association in an emergency meeting today decided to abstain from all court proceedings so that some anticipatory bail applications of the doctors could not be heard.

The lawyers would not allow the court to function if the bail applications of the ''guilty doctors'' were taken up by any advocate, the DBA meeting resolved.

Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail applications of eight junior doctors filed yesterday have been enlisted for the hearing today in the court of the District and Sessions Judge Mandhata Singh.

The agitating lawyers had earlier prayed to the court to defer the hearing of the bail petitions at least for a month.

Later, they produced a copy of the resolution before the court regarding their protest against the medicos, who allegedly assaulted the scribes in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) campus on Thursday when they had gone for coverage.

Anticipatory bail applications for eight junior doctors were filed by an advocate of the Patna High Court. They said the association would not tolerate such protests as it would send wrong signal in the judicial fraternity.

An FIR was lodged against eight doctors and the court subsequently issued non-bailable arrest warrants (NBW) against them, who were absconding since then.

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