Lawyers from other courts among HC vandals: AP Police

Most of the lawyers who indulged in vandalism inside the Andhra Pradesh High Court this week, demanding 42 per cent share for Telangana in the appointments of law officers, were not regular practitioners there.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 18:50 PM IST

Hyderabad: Most of the lawyers who indulged
in vandalism inside the Andhra Pradesh High Court this week,
demanding 42 per cent share for Telangana in the appointments
of law officers, were not regular practitioners there,
according to a police investigation.

"From the preliminary evidence gathered so far, the
violent mob comprised some lawyers from other courts in the
city, as well as parts of Telangana, while there is also a
possible involvement of some anti-social elements in the guise
of advocates," a top police official said today.

According to a suo motu case taken up by the HC, on
Tuesday, a group of advocates forcibly entered the court`s
hall-6 raising "Jai Telangana" slogans and disrupted its
proceedings and threatened the Judges to raise and retire.

"The advocates did not pay heed to the advice of the
Bench to maintain decorum. They switched the lights off and
threw cause lists on the Bench even while the judges were
holding the court. They broke the glasses of the almirahs and
damaged chairs and mikes.

The advocates entered into the court hall with a motive
to create panic and see that the court did not function at any
cost. Similar incidents occurred in two other court halls the
same day," the HC noted in the case, which it treated as a
writ petition.

Observing that such incidents posed a "threat to the
majesty of law", the court cautioned they may also lead to
constitutional breakdown in the state.

Accordingly, the court directed that the persons involved
in obstruction of High Court proceedings on September 14, 15
and 16 face "appropriate civil and criminal action".

During the investigation, it has been established that
the culprits were "mostly outsiders" who had no business in
the High Court, a police official said.

"We can`t rule out the possibility of involvement of
unruly elements in the garb of advocates. We would examine the
video footage, if any, to identify the culprits," the official
said, adding no arrests have been made yet.

Meanwhile, Lok Satta party president N Jayaprakash
Narayan said the lawyers acts were totally "unconstitutional".

"Resorting to such violence for getting their grievances
redressed is totally unjustified and unconstitutional," the
MLA said.

"Moreover, there is no provision in the Constitution that
provides reservation for any particular region in appointment
of law officers," the bureaucrat-turned-politician pointed
out.

PTI