Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, June 9:
The Central Action Committee (CAC) of the western Odisha Lawyers’ Association has termed the report of the Justice CR Pal Commission bereft of any worth.
The reaction of the committee has come in the wake of the reports in the media that the Commission has felt no need for a permanent High Court bench in the western Odisha.
“The Odisha government had formed Justice CR Pal Commission for its views on the setting up of a permanent High Court bench. However, the government, instead of waiting for the report of the Commission, has already recommended to the Centre to set up the proposed bench in western Odisha. This clearly shows the government is not serious about going by the recommendations of the Commission. We had no faith in the Commission at the outset and nor do we have now, “said Pradip Bohidar, senior advocate and a member of the CAC here.
“The recommendation of the Commission will have no effect on the setting up a permanent bench. The Central government had earlier formed Justice Yashwant Singh Commission for a permanent HC bench. Based on the report of the Commission, CAC would formulate its future strategy and would continue its fight till the bench is set up in western Odisha”, Bohidar added.
The CAC secretary Niranjan Tripathy said since chief minister Naveen Patnaik has realized the necessity of a permanent bench in western Odisha and recommended to the Centre in favour of the proposed bench, he need not pay attention to the report of Justice CR Pal Commission.
“The chief minister should take necessary steps to submit a final proposal on this in accordance with the letter of the Union Law minister”, Tripathy added.
It may be mentioned that the CAC had earlier urged the state government to scrap the Justice CR Pal Commission after raising doubts about its modus operandi and frequent extensions of its tenure.
While the government has spent huge amount of money towards the expenses of the Commission, the latter had failed to submit its report in the last six years, the committee said.