Mangaluru, June 19: Members of Mangaluru bar association on Friday June 19th boycotted the court sessions and protested at court premises in Mangaluru urging the state government to approve the CBI investigation on 54 police who were responsible for the assault on lawyers which took place in Bengaluru on March 2nd, 2012.
Speaking during the protest, Advocate S P Chengappa said, in Bengaluru the police assaulted the lawyers who were later admitted to the hospitals. Lawyers across the state protested over this issue and the issue was handed over to the CBI probe. After investigations were done by CBI and when charge -sheet was about to be submitted on lawyers, media persons and police, 54 police were found guilty. But to take actions on the police officials the state government’s sanction is needed. CBI appealed to
the state government to sanction, but the sanction was rejected by the state government.
S P Chengappa said, the amount given from lawyers’ Welfare Fund for the dead lawyer’s family or to the retired lawyer has to be increased from 4 lakhs to Rs 8 lakhs. A year ago, the Karnataka state lawyer’s parishath has already discussed this matter with the state government. There is no response from the government and during the Belagavi sessions this month, the government must make amendments to the lawyer’s welfare act of 1986, he said.
He further said that health insurance plan should be provided for the lawyers and their families too.
Across the state the lawyers have boycotted the court sessions and took to protest.
Secretary of Mangaluru bar association Raghavendra, vice-president Yashodhar, Sumana, Yatish and many others were also present on this occasion.