Lawyers in Baripada shun courts demanding HC bench

Baripada: Demanding a permanent bench of Orissa High Court in Mayurbhanj, members of the district bar association boycotted court activities today. The members will be boycotting court activities for 3 days starting today, informed sources.

Protesting State government’s failure to fulfil their demands of a permanent HC bench in the district, the lawyers also staged demonstration in front of the courts today. Moreover, the protestors did not allow judges to enter the premises of District and Sessions Judge Court, hindering judicial activities in the district.
“This protest is continuing for the last eight years. An agreement was made that in future a permanent bench of Orissa High court will be set up in Mayurbhanj,” said an agitating lawyer, Biplab Kumar Barik.

We are deeply hurt after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote a letter to Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad regarding permanent High Court benches in Western and Southern Odisha only, he added.

“I urge the CM to give approval for a permanent HC bench in Mayurbhanj for the benefit of northern Odisha people,” said a senior lawyer Prabir Kumar Basa.

Sources said, every Saturday the district bar association members have been observing cease-work strike and the lawyers have already submitted memorandum of their demands to the Governor, CM and Union Law ministry.

The protesters have also threatened to oppose CM Naveen Patnaik in the upcoming assembly elections, if their issues are not addressed at the earliest.