Striking lawyers join duty today

Bhubaneswar: The agitating lawyers across the State have resumed duty today as the State bar council called off the stir following an assurance from chief minister Naveen Patnaik to reconsider the decision to abolish Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT).

Council president Manas Mohapatra yesterday informed the media about lawyers’ decision to call off the agitation.

A team of representative on Monday met the CM and gave a memorandum requesting to reconsider government’s decision to abolish the tribunal. The team apprised the CM that around 1000 lawyers would suffer if the decision is implemented. Similarly, the government employees would be deprived of justice.

The High Court would also fail to deliver justice in time as 3.5 lakh cases are pending in it, the team said.

The lawyers cited that Industrial Tribunal, Co-operative Tribunal and Education Tribunal are functioning in the State. So, the government should reconsider its move to abolish OAT, they demanded.

However, the CM assured them to examine their demand failing which lawyers association would take its future course of action.