Police-lawyer spat ends; Courts to start functioning from tomorrow

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court Bar Association on Wednesday called off stir putting an end to the two and a half months long police-lawyer spat. With this, Courts will start functioning from tomorrow, informed president of the association Srikant Nayak.

The ongoing controversy between lawyers of the Orissa High Court and the police found a silver lining after three police personnel accused in the alleged assault on a lawyer sought an unconditional apology before the HC today.

According to sources, two police constables BK Samal, UK Bhuyan and Havildar PK Behera sought ‘unconditional apology’ before the Orissa HC in connection with their alleged assault on lawyer Debi Prasanna Pattnaik at Shastrinagar in Nuabazar area of Cuttack on August 28.

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A panel led by Justice CR Das of the High Court heard the case today after the hearing was deferred for the third time yesterday as the Crime Branch sought more time from the Court to submit the charge sheet.

The Crime Branch had asked for a six-week time for submission of the charge sheet, which the court had denied.

Soon after the agitation was withdrawn, former MP Baijayant Panda tweeted –