The Madras High Court has closed a petition seeking disciplinary proceedings against some lawyers who had allegedly laid siege to the chief justice's residence in 2015, and directed a lower court dealing with the case to handover a copy of the charge sheet to the state bar council. The court gave the direction when a PIL by Advocate Elephant G Rajendran came up on Thursday. The court said, "We have perused the report filed by the investigating officer and the charge sheet is stated to have been filed before the XI Metropolitan Magistrate, Saidapet, on November 23.
The final report has been produced before this court. "In terms of the same, there are two accused stated to be absconding, while the identity of some more is yet to be established, for which evidence is being collected. On the learned magistrate taking it on record and numbering it, a copy of the same be handed over to the state bar council." Alleging that the police had not taken any action against the lawyers, the petitioner sought a direction to the chairman and secretary of the Bar Council of India to initiate disciplinary proceedings against them. In August last year, about 50 lawyers had allegedly barged into the premises of the Madras High Court chief justice's residence, when he was away in New Delhi, and raised slogans against the police. A criminal case was registered on a complaint lodged by the sub-inspector of police attached to the residence of the chief justice.