Sibal’s reply vindicates our stand, say Orissa HC lawyers

Cuttack: Elated over the response of Union law minister Kapil Sibal to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his recommendation for setting up permanent benches of Orissa High Court in southern and western areas, the High Court Bar Association today claimed that their stand on the issue has been vindicated.
Sibal in a letter to Patnaik had said his recommendation was "incomplete" and the recommendation for setting up any bench of the High Court has to be endorsed by the state Chief Justice.
Patnaik on September 28 had urged Sibal to take measures for setting up benches of the High Court without mentioning any specific place.
The Chief Minister had also unilaterally made the recommendation without discussing it with the Chief Justice, High Court lawyers claimed.
The members of the High Court Bar Association in an emergent general body meeting said that they have been boycotting the court for nearly a month now saying that the views of the Chief Justice on the matter was sacrosanct.
"It (Patnaik's recommendation) is unconstitutional and against a ruling of the Supreme Court as it was not made in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court," said Association secretary Janmejaya Katakia.