The controversial Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinkaran, facing allegations of corruption, was forced to leave the court in Bangalore on Monday by slogan shouting lawyers.
The lawyers were protesting against Justice Dinakaran attending court despite a probe having been ordered against him into the land grabbing allegations.
A judge was allegedly manhandled and a cameraman of news channel CNN IBN injured. The agitating lawyers also locked up two judges when they refused to suspend work.
“What sin have I committed? Please allow me to do my duty,” Justice Dinakaran said, before walking out of the court.
If thie wasn’t enough, he was also in the eye of a storm in his native village in Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu, where
300 farmers were arrested when they forcibly tried to enter the land, allegedly grabbed by him.
The Advocates Association of Bangalore defied a Karnataka High Court order to stay away from courts. “A petition was filed on Saturday to sabotage our one day protest... The court had stayed our resolution to restrain the protest, it had no power to do so,” the association president K.N. Puttegowda said.
He, however, denied that the lawyers indulged in violence. “Some outsiders were hired… to disrupt our peaceful protest.”
The lawyers’ body said it was forced to resort to the extreme step as the Supreme Court panel of seniormost judges (collegium), responsible for judges appointment and promotion, ignored its three resolutions.
In the first signs of the issue taking a political colour, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, asked the CPI(M) to wait till the probe was over. “…There is a procedure to be followed. The comrades must understand, what is the intention to show such urgency?” he said.