Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Union Law ministry to enhance the number of judges in the Odisha High Court to 27 for speedy delivery of justice to people. The present approved strength of HC is 22 (17 permanent and five additional).
In a letter to Kapil Sibal, Union minister of Law & Justice, Ppatnaik said the state government will provide the required financial and staff support to sustain the increased strength of judges.
It is to be noted that the then Chief Justice of Odisha High Court S Barman Roy had proposed in 2003 that the strength of permanent judges should be increased to 17 and that of additional judges to 10, taking the total number of judges to 27. The proposal was also approved by the Law ministry.
However, the state government had made a case for a phased increase in the number of judges on the grounds of financial constraints.
The Chief Minister had recently assured a delegation of the High Court Bar Association that the state government would give its assent for five more judges in the High Court on a priority basis.