Demand for HC bench: Congress to observe 5-hour Koraput bandh

Cuttack: Extending its support to the Koraput Bar Association over the establishment of a permanent High Court Bench in undivided Koraput, the Congress will observe a five-hour bandh in the district today.

The District unit of Congress will observe the bandh from 10 am to 3 pm. The party has also threatened to stage picketing at several places of Koraput and block vehicular movement on National Highway 26.

While justifying the demand, Congress chief whip and Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “There is a need for a HC bench in the district which fulfils all the criteria laid down by the Jaswant Singh Commission.

The area is more than 500 kms away from the Orissa HC in Cuttack and tribal dominated.”
Further Bahinipati stated the district unit of the party will support the Mahabandh called by the Koraput lawyers’ body December 18.

“Koraput fulfils all the criteria needed for the setting up of permanent HC bench. Besides, the lawyers of Koraput had also met the Chief Minister over the issue earlier,” BJD spokesperson, Rabi Narayan Nanda.