Lawyers in Karnataka called off their two-week-long court boycott on Tuesday after the government transferred two jurisdictional police officers in connection with the violence in the City Civil Court complex on March 2.
The announcement by the Advocates' Association of Bangalore (AAB) came as DGP (CID) R K Dutta submitted his findings on the violence."We have called off the strike. All our member advocates will return to the courts on Wednesday. This is in response to the assurance given by the home minister and the law minister that the government would implement the Dutta report. They also said action would be initiated against the police officers concerned. We have given them five days to take action. We will intimate our decision to end our boycott to the Karnataka High Court chief justice on Wednesday," AAB president K N Subba Reddy informed TOI.
Deputy commissioner (central) G Ramesh and Ulsoorgate assistant commissioner K N Jitendranath have been transferred to the north-east division and Central Crime Branch respectively. BR Ravikanthe Gowda will take Ramesh's place, while B N Nyamagouda, CCB ACP, will replace Jitendranath. Ministers R Ashoka and S Suresh Kumar visited the complex premises where the striking advocates were camping and spoke to the AAB office-bearers. Speaking to reporters later, Ashoka said: "I have promised them we will take action against DCP Ramesh and ACP K N Jitendranath. Normalcy should return to the courts at any cost."Ashoka is also believed to have promised the AAB that action would initiated against all police officers indicted in Dutta's report.