Bhawanipatna: The Kalahandi Bar Association observed a 12 hour bandh in Bhawanipatna today over their long-standing demand for a permanent bench of the Orissa High Court in the district.
As per reports, the 12 hour strike by the lawyers affected normal life as almost all the major government offices including the Collectorate remained closed, bringing the government machinery to a grinding halt.
Bhabendra Panda, President of Kalahandi Bar Association said, "We demand a permanent bench of the High Court in Kalahandi district. We also demand that Justice CR Pal Commission's report on High Court benches should be presented in the Legislative Assembly during the next session."
It's worth mentioning here that the demand for a permanent High Court bench in Bhawanipatna is a long-pending one and the Kalahandi Bar Association has been observing bandhs and staging protests on the last Monday of every month.