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Bench issue: CM urges Sibal to engage with Odisha High Court

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Feb 13:

Following persistent demand of western and southern Odisha lawyers for permanent benches of the Odisha High Court, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal to engage with the High Court for an early response for setting up benches in the two regions.

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“In view of the persisting agitation by the people of both the regions, I would urge upon you to engage with the Odisha High Court for an early response based on which I am hopeful that a favourable solution can emerge to fulfill this long pending demand,” said Patnaik in a letter to Sibal.

It is to be noted that the Centre is awaiting the response of the Odisha High Court on setting up permanent benches in the regions. After the state government requested the Law Ministry to initiate steps for setting up circuit benches, Sibal had asked the High Court to examine the case and send its views in the matter.

The government had also conveyed the assurance for provision of adequate funds and other resources required for establishment of these two benches.

Sibal had assured that further action would be taken by Govt. of India based on the response from the High Court.