Telangana Advocates give call for 'Chalo Secretariat'

The Telangana JAC today held an emergency meeting to discuss its further course of action even as its members held talks with the government over the quota issue, a Telangana Advocates-JAC leader said.

"The emergency meeting has set a deadline till 5 pm tomorrow asking the government to consider the demands. If the government fails to respond to our demands then we will proceed with the 'Chalo Secretariat' on Monday," Telangana Advocates-JAC leader T Sriranga Rao told PTI.

Advocates from Telangana, who have demanded a 42 per cent share in recruitment to the posts of Government pleaders, assistant Government pleaders and standing counsels for various corporations in the High Court, have been boycotting court proceedings at the High Court, Nampally Criminal court and in Telangana districts since Tuesday last.

Meanwhile, three advocates S Satyam Reddy, also convener of Telangana Advocates JAC, Jyothi Kiran and Vijay Kumar Goud, who were on indefinite hunger strike since Monday and shifted from the High Court premises to Gandhi government hospital yesterday, again continued their hunger strike in the hospital today.

"This agitation will not stop till we get justice," Satyam Reddy, said from the hospital bed. He also appealed advocates from districts in Telangana region to participate in the 'Chalo Secretariat'.

Meanwhile, the bandh call given by Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee, protesting the arrest of advocates at Andhra Pradesh High Court complex evoked a partial response in Hyderabad and other districts of Telangana region today.

Educational institutions in some districts of Telangana region remained closed while scores of pro-Telangana activists including advocates, students organised demonstrations and road-blockades in different parts of Warangal district.

Over 60 Telangana advocates were arrested by police yesterday as they tried to violate the orders of Full Court of the High Court that prohibited dharnas, sloganeering and agitation in the court premises.

A meeting of the Full Court chaired by Chief Justice Nissar Ahmed Kukru, on Thursday had also issued directions banning agitations, meetings, assemblies and any such other activity on the court premises after the Telangana advocates allegedly vandalised chairs and furniture in three court halls at the Andhra Pradesh High Court and allegedly threw placards on Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy.

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