Courts hit as Bangalore lawyers abstain from work

Functioning of courts, including the Karnataka HC, was affected on Thursday as majority of lawyers today abstained from work.

Bangalore: Functioning of courts, including
the Karnataka High Court, here was affected on Thursday as majority
of lawyers today abstained from work protesting the recent
alleged assault on one of their colleagues by police.

Though judges were present, most of the lawyers kept away
from the courts affecting the work in response to a call by
the Advocates Association of Bangalore (AAB).

Amidst tight security, around 2,000 advocates led by AAB
President K N Subba Reddy took out a march to the Raj Bhavan
where a delegation submitted a memorandum to Governor HR
Bhardwaj demanding stringent action against the constable for
the allegedly assaulting a lawyer on January 17.

"Our peaceful protest is a success. Almost all advocates in
the city abstained from work in city civil courts and high
court bringing the functioning of the courts to near grinding
halt," AAB Secretary AP Ranganath said.

In the backdrop of public outcry over the lawyers` `road
roko` in the heart of the city throwing life out of gear on
Tuesday, police today took precautionary measures including
promulgation of ban orders in the city.

The lawyers had blocked traffic on a busy road connecting
railway and bus stations for nearly seven hours leading to a
worst grid lock in recent years.

Taking a serious view of the road block, police had
yesterday registered criminal cases against lawyers for
staging the protest demanding action against the constable
who had caught an advocate and two others triple riding on a


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