HC lawyers call off strike

Cuttack: The High Court Bar Association lawyers on Friday called off cease-work agitation following court’s directive.

“We decided to call off the strike as the common man was facing problems due to the ongoing strike. However, the lawyers would resume their work from Monday,” General Secretary of High Court Bar Association Lalatendu Samantray said.

Responding to a PIL, High Court today directed the All Odisha Judicial Officers’ Association, Odisha Police Officers’ Association and Odisha Havildars, Constables and Sepoys Confederation to refrain from rallies, protests, and dharnas. The court also passed a stricture against making statements before the media as they have been parties to the ongoing Rourkela judicial magistrate assault case. 
 
“The Chief Justice has restricted them from holding rallies, protests and giving comments in the media as they have been parties to the case,” President of High Court Bar Association Biswa Mohan Pattnaik said.
 
On the other hand, the lawyers in Rourkela observed a dawn to dusk bandh and demanded stern action against the accused police officer Sadananda Pujari who had allegedly assaulted the Judicial Magistrate.
 
Following the bandh call, the streets wore a deserted look as people preferred to stay indoors fearing violence. Except schools, business establishments and other institutions were also shut.
 
The protesting lawyers burnt tyres, blocked roads and involved in picketing in some areas too.

Meanwhile, Odisha Police Officers’ Association has threatened to intensify agitation in future if the government does not revoke the suspension of Inspector Sadananda Pujari and take action against the Judicial Magistrate Arun Patnaik.
 
“We would resort to agitation in future if the government does not revoke the suspension orders of Inspector Sadananda Pujari and take action against the Judicial Magistrate,” General Secretary of Odisha Police Officers’ Association Bimbadhar Behera said.

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