Courts hit as Bangalore lawyers abstain 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 two-wheeler.