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Minister of Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju during his visit to Odisha rekindled the hopes for a permanent High Court bench in Western Odisha on Saturday.

While inaugurating Nyaya Yajna, the first conference of Central Government Councils of Eastern States of India in Bhubaneswar, Rijiju said that he is ready to give approval for a permanent HC bench in Western Odisha.

He voiced his concern over the rising demands for a permanent HC bench in Western Odisha and said, “The final decision will be taken by the Odisha government and the Orissa High Court. We are ready to extend support. Our duty is only to give approval. However, it is the duty of the state government to provide infrastructure for the HC bench or HC circuit bench.”

“I have written a letter in this regard twice and even MPs from Odisha raised questions in the Parliament. In reply, all I can say is the Odisha government and Orissa High Court should take the matter forward and take necessary steps. We are ready to give approval,” he added.

During his speech, he further stated, “We have already started promoting regional languages, mother tongues in the courts. Like in Odisha, Odia should be used in District and High Court too. We have the technology, and provisions for translation.”

He also lambasted the Opposition for maligning the image of India and the Indian judiciary. His assertion came days after Rahul Gandhi’s remarks at Cambridge University where he stated that Indian democracy is under pressure.

Also present were Supreme Court judge Justice BV Nagarathna, Chiefs Justices and Judges of High Courts, Solicitor General, Adl. SGs and Dy. SGs.


(Reported by Biswajit Acharya, OTV)