Supreme Court steps in to make peace between Kerala media, lawyers

Kerala-court Lawyers attacking journalists during a protest march in Kerala | PTI

The tiff between the media and the lawyers community in Kerala appears to have been resolved with the intervention of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur who held talks with representatives of the journalists in the national capital on Friday.

While expressing concern about the issues between the two sets of professionals which saw things turning violent at Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in the past few days, the CJI asked his colleague Justice Kurian Joseph to sort out things with the acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan.

Joseph had on Thursday itself had set the ball rolling, asking two senior judges of the Kerala High Court—P.N.Ravindran and P.R. Ramachandra Menon—to sort things out.

The issue began early this week after media reports that a government pleader had misbehaved with a woman. The lawyers claimed that the pleader was falsely implicated and police and media are hand in glove in the conspiracy.

On Tuesday and Wednesday things went out of hand at Kochi when clashes took place between the two groups. There was another clash at the state capital on Thursday and the police have registered half a dozen cases.

Following the clashes, angry lawyers decided to close down the media rooms at the High Court and at the Thiruvananthapuram district court.

In the wake of these unruly incidents, normal court activities got affected in the HC and at a few district courts. The situation appeared to have calmed down with the intervention of senior judges.

"All the courts will function normally from tomorrow onwards (Saturday) as all the issues have been settled," Justice Ravindran told reporters after the conciliation talks held separately with the two groups in the capital city.

Journalists also expressed happiness that issues are being sorted out and a committee will now be appointed consisting of the media and lawyers to see that things go on smoothly.

Chief Justice Thakur had also assured the media representatives that the media room will be opened at the high court, which has been closed since trouble broke out.

This browser settings will not support to add bookmarks programmatically. Please press Ctrl+D or change settings to bookmark this page.
Topics : #Kerala | #Supreme Court

Related Reading

    Show more