Western Odisha lawyers call off strike temporarily

Bhubaneswar: The recommendation letter from the chief minister managed to cool down the anger of the lawyer community from Western Odisha who decided to call off the strike on Sunday and return to work from October 1.

After chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday evening wrote a letter to the Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal recommending creation of two high court benches in southern and western Odisha, the Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association decided to withdraw the over one-month long strike.

However, the CAC members said they would hold strike during last three working days of every month until the HC bench is established. The decision was taken at a meeting of the CAC in Boudh district on Sunday.

"Taking note of the chief minister's letter, we have decided to withdraw our strike temporarily," said Ashok Das, convenor, CAC of All Western Odisha Bar Association.

Meanwhile, the bar association of Undivided Korpaut district welcomed the Chief minister's decision and hoped that the HC bench would be set up in the region soon.

"The undivided Koraput district has large population of scheduled caste and Scheduled tribe and fulfils the criteria set by the Central government," said Prahallada Dora, President of Central Action Committee of Undivided Koraput district.

On the other hand, state High Court lawyers became critical about the Chief Minister's letter to the Law Minister.
"Within one hour of the meeting with us the chief minister sent that proposal letter, this is very unfortunate. We will continue with our cease work and take a decision about future course of action in a meeting tomorrow," said Milan Badu, vice-president, Orissa HC Bar Association.