HC bar defers decision to Tuesday afternoon

Cuttack: Members of Odisha High Court Bar Association today could not decide whether to continue their boycott of courts or to resume work after discussing over the observation of the fact-finding team which submitted a report on Sambalpur District Collector-lawyers fiasco.

Instead, the executive body suggested for a reassessment of the situation on Tuesday. As the air of confusion continued, lawyers of all courts, including that of the High Court also boycotted the court proceedings for the fourth actual day. Reports reaching here also indicated that judicial and administrative courts in many other parts of the state remained paralysed as lawyers stayed away from the courts.

"We are going to take a decision tomorrow afternoon regarding our next course of action after meeting the members of the Samablpur bar again on Monday night," said Orissa High Court bar association president Jayant Das, who has already arrived in Sambalpur along with several other office bearers of the Association to hold parleys with the lawyers of Sambalpur.

Das said necessity of a reassessment of the situation aroused when the members of the western Odisha Bar associations came up with a fresh demand insisting on the arrest of the Sambalpur District Collector Mrinalini Darswal. The demand for the judicial probe into the whole affair was already there since beginning, he said adding that the High Court bar association discussed over the report of the fact-finding team and a general body meeting of the bar would be held at 1.30 pm on Tuesday.