The Madras High Court on Monday issued notice to the state government on a batch of petitions filed by advocates on the February 19 clashes between police and lawyers in the court premises, which left many persons including advocates and policemen injured.
Following the incident, a three-member bench comprising Justices S J Mukhopadhaya, V Dhanapalan and K Chandru was constituted, which had suggested suspension of then Additional Commissioner of Police AK Viswanathan and then Joint Commissioner, North Zone, M Ramasubramani.
The officers had moved the Supreme Court, which directed them to approach the High Court. But they are yet to do so.
When the matter came up for hearing today before a division bench, comprising Justices FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and R Banumathi, Madras High Court Advocates Association President RC Paul Kanagaraj and representatives of various advocates’ associations submitted that the government has not yet suspended the police officers, as per the direction of the court.
The bench issued notices to the Home Secretary, Director General of Police, City Police Commissioner, Viswanathan and Ramasubramani, returnable within a week and posted the matter to August 27 for further hearing.