Madras HC orders CBI inquiry into lawyers” violence

February 20th, 2009 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Feb 20 (ANI): The Madras High Court has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Thursday’’s violence in which more than 100 lawyers were injured.
A holiday has been declared in all Tamil Nadu courts today.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has sought the co-operation of the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to find out the main reason behind the incident.
In a letter to Justice S J Mukhopadhayay, the Chief Minister said he is deputing the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and DGP to search the reasons for the outbreak of violence.
Over 100 lawyers were injured outside the Madras High Court after the police lathicharged them for attacking Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy.
The trouble began when advocates who had gone to the police station within the court premises to lodge a complaint against Janata party president Subramaniam Swamy. They were then surrounded by the police in connection with the attack on Swamy in the court two days ago.
This led to heated exchanges between lawyers and the police, leading to lathicharge.
A division bench of the court had earlier ordered for an enquiry into the attack on Swamy by advocates.
The lawyers have been demanding the Central Government’’s intervention in stopping the war in Sri Lanka. (ANI)

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