An association of advocates today staged a demonstration in front of the High Court demanding that Chief Justice P D Dinakaran be allowed to participate in judicial proceedings.
In a memorandum faxed to Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, President of the Federation of Bar Associations K N Subba Reddy said, "it is unfortunate that Chief Justice of Karnataka is unable to participate in the judicial proceedings since six months.
"It has indeed created a vacuum in the office of Chief Justice. Such an event is unparallelled in the history of judiciary".
Justice Dinakaran is presently discharging only administrative functions. Impeachment proceedings against him over land grabbing and other charges are pending in the Rajya Sabha.
He said though a judge of West Bengal and another of Punjab and Haryana High court were facing serious allegations, they were still discharging their judicial duties.
Reddy said till the order transfering Justice Dinakaran of Sikkim is given effect, "the present Chief Justice (who is discharging his duties on administrative side) may be allowed to participate in the judicial proceedings".
"We want a working Chief Justice," he said and urged the Collegium to resolve the issue immediately.
Over a hundred advocates participated in the protest.