Mysore lawyers shun student
Lawyers in Mysore on Wednesday resolved not to appear for a journalism student, Nalini Balakumar, who was arrested for holding a “Free Kashmir” placard at a protest on January 9 at Mysore University against the amended citizenship law.
Mysore Bar Association secretary B. Shivanna told The Telegraph on Wednesday the decision was “unanimous”.
“One of our members had already appeared for her when some others wrote to the association that it should pass a resolution against appearing in such a case since it would amount to supporting what was on that placard,” he said.
Nalini was arrested on Saturday in a sedition case.
Soon after she was summoned for interrogation, Nalini had posted a video apologising and clarifying she only meant that Internet should be freed in Kashmir. She secured interim bail on Friday on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety for a similar amount.
Her case will come up on January 20.
Senior Karnataka High Court lawyer G.R. Mohan ridiculed the resolution. “First, this resolution is not binding on anyone. Then it’s improper and against the ethics advocates should follow. Advocates are governed by the Advocates Act, which will override any such resolution,” he said.