August 4, 2017
The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of jailed Madurai-based advocate A. Murugan, who was arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch police in Tamil Nadu in January this year for his alleged links with Maoists.
Releasing a report here on Friday based on their preliminary enquiries, IAPL alleged that Mr. Murugan was framed in a fabricated case for discharging his duty as an advocate.
Arun Ferreira, Treasurer of IAPL, who himself was jailed for more than four years for alleged links with Maoists before a court in Maharashtra acquitted him in 2014, said that the case against Mr. Murugan was perhaps the first instance in the country where an advocate was booked in the same case he was appearing for his clients.
Stating that Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution provided lawyers the right to practice their profession, he said that lawyers, as a result of discharging the duty their profession demanded, cannot be identified with the causes their clients espoused.
New Indian Express, Madurai edition dated 5th August 2017