Cuttack, Sep 7
The Odisha High Court on Friday has stayed the state government’s ordinance repealing the Odisha Self-Help Cooperative Act, 2001 .
In two separate petitions filed at the High Court by Pandit Dindayal Multi-purpose Co-operative Society of Balasore and Athantara Primary Women’s Savings Co-operative Society of Balipatna challenged the Odisha government’s ordinance repealing the Odisha Self-Help Cooperative Act, 2001, calling it “unconstitutional”.
A two-member bench of Chief Justice C Nagappan and Justice Indrajit Mohnaty while adjudicating over the petitions, stayed the ordinance promulgated to bring all cooperative societies under the Odisha Cooperative Act, 1962, which had been amended in conformity with the 97th amendment of the Constitution.
“The ordinance promulgated by Odisha Government on June 6, 2013 repealing the Odisha Self-Help Cooperative Act, 2001 has been stayed by the HC today. It implies that the ordinance will not come into force. The ordinance violates fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(C) of the Constitution of India,” said Pitambar Acharya, the counsel for the petitioners.