Lawyers boycott courts demanding HC bench

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Intensifying their agitation to press the demand for setting up a bench of the Kerala High Court in this state capital city, lawyers on Saturday boycotted district courts here.
The lawyers had undertaken a 100-day long relay fast in front of the district court complex which concluded on Friday and the court boycott call was given by the bar association, all-India lawyers Union and Indian Lawyers Union.
The main gates of the court complex remained closed and only one gate was kept opened for the entry of judges. Staff attendence in the courts was also thin.
Varkala Rahdakrishnan, MP, inaugurated a protest meeting organised in front of the District court complex. Speaking on the occasion, Radhakrishnan said there was no justification for denying a high court bench with filing facilities here.
All political parties in the state have also supported the advocates’ demand. The state Assembly had passed unanimous resolutions twice requesting the Centre to take steps to set up a high court bench at Thiruvananthapuram. The principal bench of the high court is now located in Kochi.
The state government had also submitted a memorandum to President Prathiba Patil during her recent visit to state in this regard.
Saturday, May 24, 2008


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