August 17, 2017
A. Murrugan, a young lawyer practicing at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court was arrested from his residence on 8th January 2017. The police had gone to his house in the early morning 4 o’clock, and after arresting him seized his case papers, files, preparations for final arguments for some cases and books, Homeopathy medicines & a medical book, all easily available in the market. Ayyanan Murugan is also the Secretary of the Centre for Protection of Civil Liberties (CPCL), Tamilnadu. What makes his case rather surprising is that this Human Rights Lawyer was arrested in the same criminal trial wherein he was defending two accused and has been incarcerated since then.
It was based on these preliminary facts that the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) decided to send a team of lawyers from across the country to look into the absurdity of his case. D. Sureshkumar (Hyderabad), Arun Ferreira (Mumbai), Jagdish Meshram (Gadchiroli) and Gurunathan (Tamilnadu) from IAPL arrived in Madurai on 3rd August 2017. The team was able to meet Murugan who was in Trichy prison and collect the chargesheets filed against him. The team also met his wife, who too is a lawyer, some of his colleagues in court and the two counsels who defending him in applications before the High Court namely Adv. Jayaramachandran and Adv. Lajapathi Roy of Madurai.
IAPL ff report into Murugan arrest
August 7, 2017
Family of a Doda based lawyer and social activist, Babur-ul-Islam Nehru has expressed concern over his safety saying he is in police custody since 22 July “without any charges.”
“He was picked from outside masjid and taken to police station Gandhi Nagar. Later he was shifted to another police station and now he is presently lodged in Akhnoor police station,” said Babur’s younger brother. Abdul Mateen Nehru,
The family claimed that in last two weeks, Babar has been shifted to three different police stations.
“When I went to meet him at the police station, he told me that a senior police officer had visited him and told him that he is a threat to peace. I don’t know how he is a threat, when he was doing his regular job and social work,” Mateen informed.
The Akhnoor police station, has confirmed that he is in their lockup, “Yes, he is in our police station.” When asked about the charges on which he has been detained he told that “it is confidential and can’t tell it over the phone.”
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
July 21, 2017
Government has told Lok Sabha that the Bar Associations across the Country, including one in Supreme Court, had opposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
Government further added that lawyer bodies also oppose Law Commission’s 266th Report which has recommende the stringent disciplinary action against the lawyers disrupting the court work, including barring them from practising.
The Law Commission has recommended amendments to the Advocates Act, 1961 to allow lawyers a day’s token strike in the compelling circumstances with prior approval of the Bar Council concerned.