Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, Sep 15:
Protesting against the Odisha government’s proposal to abolish the Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT), the members of Bhubaneswar OAT Bar association today took to the streets and burnt tyres bringing the vehicular traffic along the Cuttack-Puri road to a grinding halt.
The agitators blocked the road in front of the District and Session Judge court here by burning tyres following which traffic was disrupted for four long hours forcing traffic police personnel to divert the commuters.
The police personnel diverted the commuters near State Museum towards Mausima Mandir- Rabi Talkies square to control the traffic congestion.
The city OAT Bar representatives also warned the state government to withdraw its proposal or else they will intensify their agitation in coming days.
Later in the day, a delegation of OAT Bar Association (Bhubaneswar) and Bhubaneswar Bar Association members met Governor S C Jamir and apprised him of the situation. They alleged that the decision of state government on OAT abolition is not at all acceptable. They will also take the issue to Prime Minister and President of India, said Surya Narayan Das, President of Bhubaneswar OAT Bar Association.
According to sources, a meeting regarding the abolition of SAT was held at the High Court Bar Association in the afternoon today.
Cuttack Bar Association affiliated to OAT continued to boycott courts today as well in protest against the Odisha government’s proposal to abolish the Tribunal.
Notably, the state cabinet on September 9 approved a decision to abolish the SAT on the ground that the Tribunal set up in 1986 has not been able to achieve its desired goal. With its principal bench at Bhubaneswar, the tribunal was functioning from its permanent and regular bench here at Cuttack and circuit benches at Sambalpur and Berhampur.