Lawyers across Tamil Nadu on Wednesday began an indefinite boycott of courts to protest against moves by judiciary to usurp the powers of bar council on the issue of disciplining erring members of the legal fraternity. Hundreds of lawyers were arrested on Wednesday when they tried to stop trains on the day one of their protest.
The boycott call was given by the Madras high court advocates association that demanded the immediate withdrawal of amendments to statutory rules that empower courts to debar erring lawyers.
“This would take away the power of the bar council, that was the only statutory body that can take action against the lawyers,” said a lawyer who was among the hundreds marching towards the Beach station to stop local trains.
The lawyers were stopped outside the Madras high court and taken into custody.
Earlier the plan was to stop the trains at Chennai Central railway station, but the venue was later changed to Chennai Beach station, which is adjacent to the Madras high court, said Madras high court advocates association secretary S Arivazhagan.
The lawyers were however prevented from reaching the Beach station, police said.