On The Incidents That Occurred On The 19Th Feburary 2009 At The Madras High Court

Mr Justice B.N. Srikrishna
Former Judge Of The Supreme Court

By the order dated 26th February 2009 made in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 94 of 2009 the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India appointed me as a O n e Man Committee to ·inquire Into the incidents of violent clashes between advocates and police personnel within the premises of the Madras High Court on 19th February 2009. The said order also requested me to give an Interim report within a week. A copy of the said order was transmitted by the Registry of the Supreme Court to my office and received late in the evening on 26th February 2009. A copy of the said order was also transmitted by the Registry of Madras High Court to my office on 27th February 2009 in the afternoon.

In view of the urgency of the matter, I rescheduled all my engagements and proceeded to Chennai on the evening of 27th February 2009. I interviewed several members of the bar, officers of the Registry of the Madras High Court, police officers, officers of the Government of Tamil Nadu and members of the public on 28th. February 2009 from 9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. and on 1st March 2009 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., after which I returned to Mumbai. In view of the continuing boycott of all the Courts in the State of Tamil Nadu by the lawyers, the matter appears to have been considered urgent by the Hon'ble Supreme Court and I was requested to make an interim report within a week of its Order.