Rashmi Ranjan

In a historic step, the Orissa High Court on Tuesday pronounced a verdict in Odia to mark its 75 years of establishment. The Court is celebrating its platinum jubilee and President Droupadi Murmu is scheduled to grace the valedictory function of the 75th year celebration on Wednesday.

A single bench of Justice Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi pronounced the verdict of a writ petition in Odia on Tuesday.

The court had heard the writ petition on July 19 and reserved its verdict. Ahead of the momentous occasion, the court delivered the 41-page verdict in Odia on July 25.

On July 24, the court had also delivered 75 judgments to mark its 75 years of glorious journey. 

Earlier in February 2023, the Chief Justice of India had emphasised on the translation of verdicts in regional languages.

The verdict has been pronounced in Odia for easy understanding of the people made parties in the case, the court said in a statement. 

Notably, the High Court was established on July 26, 1948, with only four judges, including Chief Justice Bira Kishore Ray. The then Chief Justice of the Federal Court of India, H J Kania, had inaugurated it. The strength of the Bench has since been increased to 28 in the last 75 years.

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