Visakhapatnam: After the state government’s NGOs, the latest group to join the Samaikyandhra movement that is gathering steam in this region, are lawyers. In an extraordinary general body meeting held on Tuesday, the advocates decided to launch protests and rallies. Around 4,673 active advocates practising in the 38 courts across the district have abstained from work as per the call given by the bar association.
The district courts complex near Prakasaraopeta wore a deserted look with no major business. Lawyers in large numbers carrying placards took out a protest rally asking the Centre to maintain status quo in the state.
They shouted slogans asking the Centre not to give in to the pressure tactics of Telangana forces and not to bifurcate the state. They marched towards the collectorate from the courts complex and submitted a memorandum to collector V. Seshadri.
Advocates would also launch a relay hunger strike from Thursday onwards until the deadline set by Union home minister, Sushilkumar Shinde for the announcement of the T decision on January 28.
Ports minister Ganta Srinivas Rao is expected to launch the relay hunger strike camp at the court complex. Meanwhile, members of the bar association paid rich tributes to senior advocate Jaganmohini, who passed away recently.
District judge V. Venkata Prasad hailed Jaganmohini and exhorted young advocates to emulate the ideals for which Jaganmohini fought for throughout her life.
Bar association president K. Adibabu said Jaganmohini’s death is a huge loss to the bar. Senior advocate and president of forum of legal professionals Kuppili Muralidhar said Jaganmohini organised legal aid camps and medical camps throughout her illustrious career.
Two minutes silence was observed to honour the departed soul. Court work was also suspended till noon on Wednesday.