150 Chennai lawyers arrested for protesting against Madras HC violence

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Chennai, Feb 20 (ANI): Over 150 lawyers were arrested on Friday for participating in a protest march outside the Tamil Nadu secretariat. They were agitating against the violence in the Madras High Court complex on Thursday.

Madras Bar Association President S. Prabhakaran was also arrested.

Earlier, the lawyers' agitation issue dominated proceedings in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

As soon as the session started, opposition members demanded that the Question Hour be postponed to discuss Thursday's violence in which more than 100 lawyers were injured.

The Madras High Court has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the violence.

Over 100 lawyers were injured outside the Madras High Court after police baton charged them for attacking Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy.

The agitation has led the Supreme Court to issue separate notice to the Registrar General, Madras High Court, the Bar Council of India, the Bar council of Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court Advocates Association and the Madras Bar Association to explain their decision to boycott High Court proceedings.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Justice J. M. Panchal and Justice A. K. Ganguly issued the notices on receiving a petition filed by a former teacher of the National Law School, Bangalore. (ANI)

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