Published On: Sat, Jan 21st, 2012

Tamilnadu advocates boycott court over Higher Education and Research Bill

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Madras High Court

Madras High Court

Tamilnadu advocates abstained from attending the courts in protest against the Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011.

A group of advocates led by the Tamil Nadu Advocates Association president, S. Prabakaran, demonstrated inside the Madras high court premises, shouting slogans against the Centre.

They urged the Centre to exclude the Advocates Act, 1961, from the purview of the proposed Bill.

The Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHCAA) president G. Mohanakrishnan said that members of MHCAA abstained from attending all courts, forums and tribunals in response to the call given by the Bar Council of India to observe January 20 as a protest day.

He also said that the Union government should not to introduce the proposed Bill in Parliament as it would affect the legal fraternity.

Women Lawyers Association president D. Prasanna raised strong objections to the Bill and said that it would directly affect the basic structure of the Advocates Act, under which total autonomy and independence was given to the Bar Council of India and State Bar Councils to regulate the legal profession and legal education.