HC bench: North Odisha lawyers call for bandh

Baripada: After launching a five-day ceasework last week that ended Saturday, the Mayurbhanj District Bar Association has intensified its stir and called for 12-hour Mayurbhanj bandh today demanding a permanent High Court bench at Baripada.
Sources said, while business establishments, educational institutions, government offices, railway and courts will remain closed, vehicular movement would be stopped for the day.
An action committee has also been formed with the presidents, secretaries of bar associations, members of political outfits and local volunteering organisations of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Balasore districts as members. They will decide the future course of action after the Monday bandh, sources added.
The North Odisha towns including Balasore, Bhadrak and Baripada witnessed the intense agitation after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to the Union Law Minister proposing establishment of High Court benches in southern and western regions of the State.
The lawyers argued since the proposed bench should be more than 350 km from the High Court at Cuttack, Baripada meets the criteria and has required infrastructures.
“If the CM can propose to set up circuit benches in the western and southern regions, why he is neglecting the northern part?” said a member of the Mayurbhanj Bar Association.