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Govt has not said ‘no’ to HC bench in western region : Minister


Bhubaneswar, Aug 26:

As the agitating lawyers of Western Odisha have intensified stir for establishment of a permanent bench of the High Court in their region, finance minister Prasanna Acharya today said the state government has not denied the idea.


“The state government can write a letter favouring establishment of a bench of the High Court in western region without waiting for the final report of the CR Pal Commission of Inquiry. The state government is ready to write to the Centre,” Acharya said.

Stating that the state government has not denied accepting the demands of the agitating lawyers, the minister, who represents Redhakhol constituency in western Odisha, said the government is not averse to establishment of more High Court benches in the state.

Acharya’s statement came a day after the talk between the agitating lawyers and chief minister Naveen Patnaik failed to break the deadlock on the ongoing strike in the 10 western Odisha districts. All the government offices and judicial courts remained closed since August 20 as the lawyers body, supported by all political parties, ensured no official and judicial activities in the region.

Meanwhile, the lawyers today staged demonstration before office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) at Sambalpur and launched relay hunger strike while opposition Congress activists blockade National Highway-53 for about 90 minutes supporting establishment of a High Court bench in the western region. (PTI)