SAT abolition: Lawyers call off stir for 15 days

Bhubaneswar: The bar associations across the State, which were on strike protesting government’s decision to abolish the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), have decided to call of stir for 15 days after assurance from the chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

According to sources, the functionaries of Odisha State Bar Council met Naveen Patnaik today. “The chief minister has said that he will look into the matter. After assurance from him, the lawyers will return to work from tomorrow onwards,” said Odisha State Bar Council chairman Manas Mohapatra.

He further said that the lawyers will join work wearing black badges. We will wait for government’s response for 15 days and if it fails to act we will plan our move accordingly, Mohapatra added.

Earlier today, expressing solidarity with the Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) lawyers, all 110 bar associations across the State and 35 government organisations today boycotted the court proceedings protesting against government’s decision to abolish OAT. The High Court bar also resorted to cease work today.

The Odisha State Bar Council decided to join the stir at a meeting held on Saturday.

The lawyers of the tribunal have been on strike for over two weeks. A 12-member team of SAT bar association recently met the chief justice of Orissa High Court over the matter.

However, the lawyers have decided to intensify the stir alleging that the government has not acted on their demands.