Advocates vs police in Chikkamagaluru: Bommai urges Siddaramaiah to intervene

Bengaluru, Dec 5 (IANS): Former Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's to intervene to resolve the ongoing conflict between the district police and advocates in Chikkamagaluru district, describing it as a 'dangerous' development.

Expressing concern over the continued conflict between the advocates and police personnel in Chikkamagaluru over the alleged assault on a lawyer by the local police, Bommai said "the law and order machinery has collapsed in the state, and both the government and officials have lost control over the home department".

Alleging gross indiscipline in the police department, Bommai warned that there could be anarchy in the state if correct steps are not taken immediately. He also sought Siddaramaiah's intervention to create an atmosphere where everyone respects the law.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court on Monday issued an interim stay on complaints lodged against advocates by the police department in three cases. Four cases were lodged against Chikkamagaluru Bar Council district president Sudhakar and 15 other advocates, including allegations of assault on policemen and obstruction of duty.

The cases were filed following protests by the police personnel and their family members. The advocates had questioned the filing of cases in the high court, and on Monday they celebrated after the stay orders were issued.

The advocates also warned of a protest by 40,000 lawyers across the state if serious action is not taken against the police in this case.

Considering the sensitivity of the matter, the state government had already handed over the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The conflict began last week after the police questioned and allegedly attacked an advocate for not wearing a helmet while riding a bike. Subsequently, a group of advocates staged a protest in front of the police station in Chikkamagaluru.

The police later suspended six policemen, including a PSI, in connection with the incident.

Later, in an unprecedented move, the policemen and their family members also staged a protest demanding protection from and action against the advocates.






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  • Sanjay Shenoy, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Law maker and law braker. both money makers.

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  • Babukunda, Koppa

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    I find it strange that the Police have had problems with the advocate in Chikmagalur..just come to Koppa...same district and let the Police and SP see for himself. Very rarely anyone wears a helmet ,kids as young as 11 ride scooters and Motor bikes, Auto rickshaws ply with a minimum of 15 children on School trips, school buses a minimum of 75 , it's a free for all at the Devegowda Circle with wrong side Galore..SP Saab ...welcome to Koppa...

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  • Madhav Das, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Bommai proposes, Sidda Devaraya disposes. Sidda Devaraya himself is a lawyer. So, tough choice for him. In March 2012, lawyers ran riot in Bangalore smashing vehicles and property . Sadananda Gowda was the CM at the time. Hopefully the same does not repeat again.

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  • ayes p, kudla/ksa

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Are advocates exempted from wearing the helmet?

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  • SK, Bangalore

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    The rule to drive with helmet is made to protect the safety and wellbeing of drivers which includes lawyers and definitely not to express power/bully/beat-up to death/ when at fault. When at violation, the state may impose a penalty of 500 rupees and nothing beyond this irrespective of what profession you profess. Hope this helps

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    police, politicians, lawyers, doctors, bureaucrats, celebrities are all highly corrupted and everyone tries to wield his or her power in a certain one is clean in highly corrupt third world countries...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Law must be just to every citizens without prejudiced. The Advocate/s who are not wearing Helmets must have been fined doubly because these Advocates are fighting for law in the courts. Supposedly the police have not given fine to advocates and indulging in abusing and scuffling with advocates which is not permissible then case must be filed against the police. So in my opinion at the primafacy news both are involved, police and advocates. So both the parties must be punished. The government has already submitted the case to CID, let the CID investigate the case.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    3 "P" s already there Politician, Police, and Pleader. One "P" missing that is Priest.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Police can always arrest an Advocate ...

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