Protests demanding permanent HC bench in western Odisha to complete 4 months

Sambalpur: While the lawyers’ agitation pressing for a permanent High Court bench in Western Odisha complete four months tomorrow; the Western Odisha Central Action Committee (CAC) has called for a three-day economic blockade in four western districts from January 7.

According to sources, the lawyers have planned to stop all vehicles carrying raw materials like coal to various industrial institutions in four districts – Deogarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh – during the economic blockade. Decision has also been taken to stop supply of water from Hirakud Dam to all industrial units in these districts.

Yesterday, a delegation comprising legislators from Western Odisha met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and requested him to look into the demands of a permanent High Court bench in the region. However, CAC has termed it as a ploy of the State government to derail their agitation.

Sureswar Mishra, spokesperson, Western Odisha CAC said “The Western Odisha Lawyers’ Association has no connection with the meeting of the MLAs from the western region with the chief minister. We have no information about the discussions held between them.”

The Home department had recently appealed the agitating lawyers and other members to withdraw their protest in the larger interests of the people. The State government has also put the ball in Centre’s court by citing that the power to establish a High Court bench lies with the central government.