September,21,2015: The Supreme Court on Monday blasted the Madras Bar Association and the Bar Council for keeping mum on the recent violence by lawyers on the Madras High Court premises.
Chief Justice Dattu said: "[The] Madras HC judges preside in courts with fear psychosis. It was once a traditional court that we all looked up to. Never before has it fallen to such low levels. All because of you lawyers."
"I have had a long long conversation with the Madras HC Chief Justice," Justice Dattu said.
"The CISF is guarding the judges against unrulymobs of lawyers and their families who scream, shout obscenities against judges. What is ur Bar Council doing, you have 3 powerful bar associations… why are they silent?" CJI asked
"Lawyers form different groups based on caste. They take processions in court halls with wives and children. They enter judges chambers," Senior advocate K.K. Venugopal appearing for the High Court Registrar said.
Mr. Venugopal apprised the Bench led by Chief Justice Dattu of the recent spate of violence by lawyers against Judges.
Mr. Venugopal suggested the Bench to send three Supreme Court judges to the Madras High Court for an enquiry.
To which, the CJI said: "Let's give the CJ sometime. Sending Judges from here will create more unnecessarily problems."
Madras High Court witnessed violent protests by lawyers after a Division Bench initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against two advocates of Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.