Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lawyers’ day out: Fights with police constable, 10 advocates barge into police station and take away man summoned for questioning, on businessman beaten up

Lawyers' day out: Police officers, businessman bear the brunt


Chennai: A dozen lawyers were caught on the wrong side of law in three different incidents since Friday night. While one each were booked for picking up fights — in one case with a traffic police constable — 10 advocates have been named in a complaint for barging into a police station and taking away a man who was summoned for questioning.

    Sridhar, a lawyer who runs a construction company, and his two employees have been booked for attacking traffic police constable Prabhakaran who was on duty near Porur junction on Saturday. Prabhakaran was injured on the head. Sridhar has filed a counter complaint saying he and his em
ployees Jegaram Raj, 28, and Nethaji, 26, were also injured in the altercation. Police said the constable asked Sridhar to rolldown the car's window, which he didn't like. A brawl ensued.

    In another incident in Velachery, lawyer Ponlingam, 24, allegedly picked up a fight with a businessman, Amritash Mishra, who complained that he was beaten up and his pregnant wife was threatened. The incident happened on 100 Feet Road when Mishra's car wasbacking up in frontof a restaurant, where Ponlingam's car was parked. When Mishra asked the lawyer to move his car, Ponlingam lost his cool andbashedup Mishra. Based on Ponlingam's complaint, police registered a CSR against Mishra.

    A more daring incident happened on Friday night, when a batch of 10 lawyers barged into the Washermenpet police station to rescue a landlord who was brought there for questioning based on his tenant's complaint. Police said Vijayan, the house owner, was asked to come to the station after his tenant Harikrishnan complainedthat the owner had disconnected power supply to his house following an argument over rent. While Vijayan was in the station, the lawyers came in and forcefully took him away, police said.

    An officer bearer of the Madras High Court Advocates' Association said lawyers were not always at fault, but there were some lawyers who bring bad name to the profession.