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Constitute panel to check recurrence of lawyers- cops spat: HC to Odisha Govt

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Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court (HC) today directed the Odisha Government to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of a retired HC Judge within seven days to check recurrence of any dispute between lawyers and police personnel in future.

While Additional Chief Secretary to Home Department will be the Member Secretary of the committee, Law Department Secretary, DGP, IG of Police and Twin City Police Commissioner will be the official members. Besides, the President and Secretary of Orissa HC Bar Association in their official capacity will be the ex-officio members of the committee, among other members, said a communiqué issued by the HC.

“No advocate member of the proposed committee should be a member of any political party.  The committee will give its report within two months of its first meeting,” it added.

The recommendation of the committee will be scrutinized judicially after it is received with assistance and submissions by members of the bar, who may volunteer to submit before the court in the matter, the statement added.

The committee will suggest ways and means and modalities for checking recurrence of police-lawyers spat.

On November 14, lawyers of the Orissa HC lawyers withdrew their 78-day-long cease-work strike after two constables and a Havildar, accused in the alleged attacked on a lawyer in Cuttack, sought an unconditional apology before the HC.