Lawyers turn down plea to suspend strike
Remaining defiant, lawyers on Sunday turned down the Madras High Court Chief Justice designate Justice H L Gokhale's plea to end their strike, which has brought judiciary to a standstill.
As the lawyers continued their strike in an aggressive posture, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi also asked them to accept the report of the Sri Krishna Commission, which had probed the February 19 clash between police and agitating lawyers and indicted both in its report.
The Sri Krishna Commission was appointed by the Supreme Court to facilitate a solution to the strike which followed the clash in the Madras High Court premises in which several lawyers and a judge were injured, besides damaging property.
After meeting Gokhale, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of lawyers said they would continue to protest until there demands for transfer of senior police officials including the DGP and the City Police Commissioner were met.
Seeking to do a balancing act, Karunanidhi said both lawyers and police were like his two eyes and sought to ease tension between them.
Presiding over the wedding of his grand daughter here, he said the Sri Krishna Commission report has come out with an observation after inquiring into the attack on Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy in the Madras High Court premises. "And the lawyers should accept the report."
"Police and lawyers are like my two eyes. And I always stand by law and justice", he said.