Monday, March 16, 2009

False expectations belied

If Mr. Karunanidhi thought that the ire of the lawyers against the system would translate into a confrontation between the lawyers and the judiciary in Tamil Nadu and that the fact that cases were going to be taken up in Courts would force a section of lawyers to return to court driving a wedge between the united front of lawyers, he must have been disappointed. More than 1000 lawyers wrote to the Registry of the High Court today, informing the Registry that their clients have been informed of their inability to appear in courts on account of the the surcharged atmosphere and the lack of safety to lawyers and judges following the brutal attack on courts by the police on the 19th of February 2009. Lawyers turned up in overwhelming numbers in the High Court campus, not to attend court, but to provide free legal aid and assistance and enable litigants to appear in courts directly and argue their matters. This must have come like a slap in the face for those who wished to reap reward by fomenting fissure and divide among the lawyers, because all their efforts have only helped to further cement lawyers unity

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