Lawyers` stir: Judge quits

Andhra Pradesh High Court judge Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy put in his papers in the wake of the prevailing situation in the court following the agitation by Telangana lawyers.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 00:28 AM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh High Court judge
Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy put in his papers in the wake of
the prevailing situation in the court following the agitation
by Telangana lawyers but suspense continued whether he has
withdrawn his resignation.

However, there has been no official communication on
whether or not Justice Reddy, who submitted his resignation to
the Chief Justice Nissar Ahmed Kakru late last night, has
withdrawn his decision to quit.

Justice Reddy has reportedly expressed "anguish" over
the vandalism carried out by lawyers of Telangana region in
the High Court for three days in a row

Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Forest Minister Peddireddi
Ramachandra Reddy spoke to Justice Reddy, who hails from
Kadapa district in the Rayalaseema region, and urged him
to withdraw the resignation.

The agitating lawyers, who were demanding 42 per cent
share in law officers` posts for Telangana region, allegedly
damaged furniture and disrupted proceedings in the court hall
of Justice Nagarjuna Reddy three days ago.

The lawyers also allegedly abused the judge and threw
placards at him.

"I was very upset that many anti-social elements entered
the sacred court hall and abused the judiciary. No one has
taken enough care even when the judiciary as an institution
was under attack for the last three days," the judge said in
his resignation letter.

However, Chief Justice Kakru who rushed back to
Hyderabad from Srinagar late yesterday, rejected Justice
Nagarjuna Reddy`s resignation and counselled him to withdraw
it.

Though initial reports suggested that the judge had
relented following the Chief Justice`s counsel, there were
reports that Justice Reddy remained firm on his decision to
quit.

He came to the High Court this morning but did not
conduct any proceedings, official sources said.

Meanwhile, the full bench of the High Court that met
under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice took a very
serious view of the Telangana lawyers` agitation and decided
to conduct an enquiry into the violent incidents over the last
three days.

Official sources said the High Court full bench also
issued a stern warning to the Telangana lawyers saying such
agitations and protests were not permitted in the High Court.

The lawyers responsible for the vandalism in the court
would be identified and punished.

"We will take severe action against the lawyers if such
incidents recur," the bench warned.

The bench also imposed restrictions under which only
those lawyers whose cases were due for hearing would be
allowed into the court.

Only security personnel would be permitted to enter the
court premises after 6 pm, the bench said.

PTI