Swamy assaulted in Madras High Court
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy said hirelings of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who also happened to be
advocates of the Madras High Court assaulted him and the police in front
of the judges.
He told the press that there is a breakdown of the law and order
situation in the state of Tamil Nadu where the LTTE hirelings have taken
the law into their hands.
He further said he will approach the Supreme Court of India seeking a
direction to the government to put in place pre-emptive and protective
arrangements to stop repetition of what had happened on Tuesday March 17
in Madras High Court in which he was assaulted by a group of practicing
lawyers in the presence of judges.
His main prayer, said Swamy, to the Supreme Court would be to direct
the Central government in New Delhi to file an affidavit in why it had
not taken steps to dismiss the state government as there was a
constitutional breakdown in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The state is run by an administration of the Dravida Munnetra Kazagam
(DMK) headed by M. Karunanidhi.
Swamy said a pre-emptive and protective arrangement was necessary to
protect the courts. He also said he would also pray for the direction
for the cancellation of practice by the lawyers who were involved in the
attack. He charged a breakdown of law and order in the Tamil Nadu state.
He directly charged those culprits as hirelings of the LTTE and said
the incident in the courts called for the imposition of President rule
in the state. He said the deployment of Central Forces are necessary in
the state during the Lok Sabha elections.
He said he did not need to go to the police for a complaint as the
police officers were also beaten by the lawyers. Under the Criminal
Procedure Code the police officers, Swamy said are empowered, to take
suo motu cognisance of an offence under those circumstances.
Finance Minister Anbazhagan said the police will take action against