Conflict between advocates and media: Chief Justice of India intervenes

Burning of newspapers at VarkalaThiruvananthapuram: A media relations committee will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram to resolve the conflict between advocates and the media.

This was decided after the High Court judges P. N. Ravindran and P. R. Ramachandran Menon, who came to Thiruvananthapuram to investigate the violent incidents on Thursday at the Vanchiyoor Court complex, held talks with representatives of the lawyers and the media and collected evidence on the incidents.

The district judge will preside over the committee which will have representatives of both the advocates and media.

Earlier, Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur informed a a delegation of journalists in Delhi that he would intervene to solve the issues connected to conflict between advocates and media.

Media and Court, whom advocates represent, are integral pillars of democracy. Such incidents are unfortunate. I appeal for peace and restraint, the Chief Justice reportedly said.  

A judicial enquiry had earlier been decided upon into the clash between advocates and media persons in Kerala High Court premises in Kochi.

Meanwhile, a group of advocates took out a march to Ernakulam Press Club on Friday.

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan has convened a meeting of media persons and advocates on Saturday to bring about a settlement to the conflict.

(updated report)