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HC bench: Western Odisha lawyers’ stir to continue


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:

The All Western Odisha Lawyers’ Bar Association (AWOLB) has decided to continue its ongoing agitation as the talk between the delegation of the Central Action Committee (CAC) of the Association and Law minister Maheswar Mohanty remained inconclusive here on Sunday evening.

Odisha High Court
Odisha High Court

The Association has intensified its stir since February 3 across western Odisha paralyzing the work in government and judicial offices in support of its demand for a permanent High Court bench in the western Odisha region  .

The state government had invited the Association for discussion in this regard on Sunday and accordingly a 14-member CAC team had met with the Law minister at the State Secretariat here.

During the 90-minute long meeting, the CAC members urged the Law minister to prepare a full-fledged report sought by the Union Law minister Kapil Sibal and forward a copy of the report to the CAC after which the Committee could consider withdrawal of their agitation.

The Law minister requested the CAC members to withdraw the stir and wait for the return of the chief minister who is presently on a four-day tour to New Delhi after which the report prepared by the state government can be forwarded to the Centre.

However, the members told the minister  that the agitation will continue till February 13 and if possible, the state government should send its report to the Centre with a copy marked to the CAC, before that date.

The CAC would take a final view only after receiving the copy of the report, they said.

Senior lawyers Ashok Das, Sureswar Mishra, Niranjan Tripathy, Satyanarayan Panda, Pramod Kumar Das, Santosh Kumar Satpathy, Ramesh Bal, Bimal Kishore Debata, Nidhuban Bihari Panda, Rabindra Panda, Raghumani Patel, Gourishyam Panda, Pruthviraj Meher and Motilal Das were the members of the CAC delegation.