September,30,2015: For the first time in the history of Madras High Court, the court proceedings was telecast live through large monitors outside the building.
The case was telecasted live from the court of the division bench comprised of Justice S Tamilvanan and Justice C T Selvam.
The proceedings were telecasted in live outside the court through a LED television, since the entry to the Court hall was restricted to a few advocates who are related to the case.
On September 16, when the contempt case was taken up, a section of advocates allegedly created havoc in the premises. As a result the entry was blocked on all corridors near the court hall where the bench heard the case this time.
The division bench was to hear the cases against Barleaders Dharmaraj and A K Ramasamy.
They were served with with contempt charges in connection with anti-helmet ruling rally taken out by lawyers in Madurai last month. During the last hearing on September 16, despite barricades, three busloads of advocates from Madurai created ruckus on court campus, drawing flak from all quarters.
The court decided to put the matter to a larger bench and left the further decisions on the larger bench to the Chief Justice of Madras High Court.
However, the move to telecast the court proceedings live to the public was unwarranted, said some of the advocates. Barricades, movie camera, television and loudspeakers on court campus are unwarranted, they said. Unlike the last hearing, only a handful of lawyers from Madurai came for the hearing today, they said.
In an unusual manner, the Madras High Court on Wednesday witnessed more khakis than black robes, turning the premises into a heavily fortified building.
The 150-year-old charted court came under the guard of over 500 State police personnel lead by Additional Commissioner of Police Ravikumar, assisted by three Joint Commissioners, 10 Deputy Commissioners and 20 Assistant Commissioners.
The heavy protection was provided to the campus in view of directions made by a Division Bench of the court, apprehending "illegal" activities during the hearing of a suo motu contempt proceeding initiated against two office bearers of Madurai District Bar Association.
Moreover, as an unprecedented move, preparations are being made to live telecast the entire contempt proceeding, scheduled to begin by 2.15 p.m in a lifesize monitor, placed near the media parking area of the High Court premises. The court proceeding will also be recorded through two cameras placed inside the court hall.
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