Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:
The lawyers of OAT (Odisha Administrative Tribunal) Bar Association plan to gherao Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tomorrow in order to increase the pressure on Odisha Government and make it revoke its decision on abolition of OAT.
Besides, the bar associations of each district would submit a memorandum to the government through the collectors.
“The Chief Minister never said anything in the assembly on key issues pertaining to OAT. We are yet to know about the future of the pending cases and if he consulted the High Court before taking the decision. This leaves us no choice but to agitate again. We would take out a massive rally by the OAT lawyers from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and other advocates would also join in. We would find him wherever he may be,” said a senior member of Cuttack OAT Bar Association.
As per information provided by the member, the State Bar Council had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on this context earlier.
However, even though the Chief Minister had assured them to “do the best that can be done”, no action has been taken yet. Tomorrow’s gherao should be seen in this context.
“The association has been agitating in various ways ever since the decision was announced in the cabinet on September 10. The bar council had advised us to wear black badges instead of going on strikes. Tomorrow, we will take out a rally from Bhubaneswar Civil court and go to Vidhan Sabha and Gherao Naveen Niwas too. He doesn’t speak Odia and being managed by a handful of people including some ministers. We would try to meet him and ask him to withdraw this decision,” said President of Cuttack OAT Bar Association Ullash Chandra Mohanty.