Bhubaneswar, May 19 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Orissa High Court Bar Association has expressed its opposition to the state government’s decision to establish two permanent HC benches in the western and southern regions of the state.
The Bar Association passed a resolution at its general meeting to oppose the creation of the two new permanent benches, Association Secretary Alok Prasad Nanda said on Thursday.
He said the Association will seek Chief Justice S. Muralidhar urging him not to give his consent for the creation of the two benches, and set up an empowered committee, which will raise the matter with the Chief Justice before summer vacation.
“After receiving the opinion of the Chief Justice, we will discuss the issue again at our next general meeting after the court reopens and take further action,” Nanda said.
The association opposes the proposal citing the Supreme Court’s directive that it is not necessary to have an HC bench within 600 km of the main bench.
The barristers’ decision comes just days after Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking the High Court’s approval of Orissa for setting up HC benches in western and southern Odisha. Only then can the Center give its approval, Rijiju said in his letter.
However, bars in western and southern Odisha reacted strongly to the decision of the HC bar association. Berhampur Bar Member Nirmal Sahu strongly condemned the HC Bar’s decision.
“I ask my elder brothers to refrain from dividing Odisha. We cannot understand what problem they will face if permanent benches are set up in southern and western Odisha,” he said. said Ashok Das, chairman of the Central Action Committee, which demands the establishment of an HC bench in western Odisha.