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MLAs support for Orissa high court bench in Western Orissa

Following is a report from

BHUBANESWAR: Members cutting across party lines are unanimous on the establishment of a bench of the Orissa High Court in Western Orissa but opinion is divided on its location. While the treasury benches blamed Centre for the delay in opening an HC bench, the opposition Congress accused the State Government of lack of sincerity.

Senior Congress member Santosh Singh Saluja raised the issue in the afternoon session through a point of order. He alleged that the inordinate delay in establishing a HC bench in western Orissa is a glaring example of the step-motherly treatment to the region by the people of coastal belt.

 Justifying the demand for a High Court bench in Western Orissa, Saluja  said people were facing a lot of difficulties for attending court cases. They  have to travel a long distance of over 500 km to attend the High Court and many poor people do not have the financial capacity to meet the travelling and lodge expenses.

 He said the Jaswant Singh Commission had recommended for a bench of the Orissa High Court and Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily during his recent visit to the State had given a favourable opinion. The Orissa High Court has also written to the State Government several times seeking its opinion on the matter. But the Government is yet to take the initiative. He urged the Government to recommend the matter to the Centre.

BJP Legislature Party leader KV Singhdeo accused the Government  of playing politics on the issue. The Government should immediately make  an announcement on the establishment of the HC bench if it is really  concerned for the people of Western Orissa, he added.

 Blaming the Centre for the delay, Niranjan Pujari, BJD, said though the Union Law Minister favoured the demand for a separate bench, this required the approval of Parliament. However, the Centre has done  nothing on the matter. He, however, wanted  the proposed HC bench at Sonepur.  Former Minister Padmanabha Behera supported Pujari saying Sonepur is centrally located.

 Naba Kishore Das, Congress, demanded that the High Court bench be located at Jharsuguda. His party colleagues Gobardhan Das and Anup Sai, however, wanted the benches at Bhawanipatna and Brajrajnagar. Congress MLA Surendra Singh Bhoi said any location would be acceptable.  Government Chief Whip Rabi Narayan Pani flayed the differences among the members before a decision is taken on the proposed High Court bench.

December 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Lawyers’ strike paralyses courts in western Orissa

Following is a report by IANS published in

Bhubaneswar, Sep 29 (IANS) Work at the revenue and judicial courts in western Orissa was paralysed Wednesday as lawyers struck work demanding a high court bench in the region.

“The lawyers under the banner of Western Orissa Bar Association (WOBA) launched the strike in about 11 of the state’s 30 districts,” Niranjan Tripathy, president of central action committee (CAC) of WOBA, told IANS.

“The strike will continue Thursday,” he said, adding that the lawyers would intensify their protest if their demand was not met.

The lawyers have been demanding a high court bench in the region to enable people to get speedier justice

September 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

Sambalpur bar association take out rally supporting Moily

Following is a report from


Supporting the statement given by Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily for setting up a permanent bench of High Court in Sambalpur, the members of Sambalpur Bar Association today took out a rally in support of the Minister. The members of bar association arranged a motor cycle rally and gave a memorandum to the district collector Sambalpur. More than 400 advocates participated in this rally and raised slogans in support of the Union Law Minister.

In this memorandum the advocates welcomed Moily’s statement and asked the government to take necessary steps in this regard.

The Union Law Minister on July 14 had said that a bench of High Court of Orissa would be set up in Western Orissa. Later in a resolution passed in the general meeting of Orissa High Court Bar Association (OHCBA) the bar had condemned Moily’s statement stated as unfortunate and went on strike on Monday.

Talking to Law et al. News, the president of Sambalpur Bar Association Advocate Niranjan Tripathy said that the OHCBA is misinterpreting the Jaswant Committee report and the decision of Bhawani Shankar Tripathy vs. the State of Orissa where a division bench had taken the view that the existing High Should not be shifted.

Criticizing the stand taken by the OHCBA the General Secretary Sambalpur Bar Association Dilip Kumar Bishi said that the OHCBA is wrong in saying that a bench cannot be established within a radius of 500 kms from the existing court as well as at least one third cases should originate from the place where the new bench is sought to be established is totally wrong. Giving the example of the formation of Orissa High Court from Patna High Court he said that at that time less than four per cent cases of Orissa were pending in Patna High Court.

Briefing the bar about the history regarding the controversy of setting up a High Court Bench in Sambalpur the Secretary and other senior members of the bar stated that the struggle of establishing a High Court started in the year 1959 when some Bar Association of western part of Orissa took an initiative to start a circuit court in Sambalpur, and from the year 1993 the existing Bar Associations are demanding a permanent bench. In the year 2004 again 37 Bar Associations of western part of Orissa approached the government to establish a permanent bench of High Court in Sambalpur. The members also said that in 1989 election setting up a bench of High Court at Sambalpur was part of the election manifesto of the then Janata Dal headed by ex Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.

July 23, 2010 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Cuttack vs Western Orissa:Orissa lawyers divided on regional lines

Following is a report from

Lawyers in Orissa are totally at crossroads on the issue of setting up a permanent bench of the High Court in Western Orissa. The lawyers of all the courts in Cuttack, including the tribunals, brought the judicial system to a grinding halt through a strike in protest against the Union Law Minister, Veerappa Moily’s statement last week to set up a permanent bench of the Orissa High Court in Western Orissa. The lawyers of the High Court Bar Association, the lower courts and the tribunals, in a show of solidarity refrained from attending the courts in Cuttack.

On the other hand, protesting the strike by the lawyers at Cuttack, lawyers of Bolangir, in Western Orissa, have given a bandh call on Tuesday dubbing the Union Minister’s decision in favour of the permanent High Court bench in Sambalpur as just and reasonable. The Bolanagir lawyers feel that, the lawyers of Cuttack should not arrogate to themselves the right to hold all privileges unto themselves.

Meanwhile, the lawyers of Deogarh and Boudh, in Western Orissa, have described the attitude of the lawyers of the High Court Bar Association as unfair and hailed the proposal for setting up of the permanent High Court bench in Western Orissa.

July 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Moily’s statement unfortunate; Orissa High Court Bar Association

Following is a report from

The Orissa High Court Bar Association today termed Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily’s statement on establishing a permanent bench of Orissa High Court at Sambalpur as unfortunate. The Association called an extra ordinary general body meeting today in light of a statement made by the minister at a function at Sambalpur University this Wednesday. The Minister had stated that a permanent Bench of the Orissa High Court will be established at Sambalpur. It has been a long standing demand of lawyers in Western Orissa to establish a permanent bench at Sambalpur.

The resolution passed today protests the minister’s statement and cites the decision of Bhawani Shankar Tripathi vs State of Orissa where a division bench had taken the view that the existing high court should not be shifted.

Senior Advocate NC Panigrahi stated that “the statement made by the Union law minister violates the guidelines laid down by the Jaswant Committee”. Senior Advocate Jagannath Pattanaik stated that the minister ought not have made such a statement without consulting senior advocates at the bar. President of the Association TC Mohanty went on to accuse the minister of being politically motivated. The Association in its meeting decided to cease work from July 19.

July 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm 1 comment

Western Odisha lawyers protest against Orissa High Court and Cuttack Bar association

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The Sambalpur District Bar Association (SDBA) and all others in western Odisha have expressed sharp reaction over the statement of High Court and Cuttack Bar association on the promise of the Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily for establishing a High Court bench in Sambalpur.

“It is unfortunate that the High Court Bar Association protested the statement of Moily, who has rather deeply realised the sentiment of the people of a vast part of the State,” reacted president and secretary of SDBA Niranjan Tripathy and Dillip Bisi and other lawyers.

“Such negative mindset of High Court Bar Association will rather increase further regionalis and the strengthen people who want division of the State,” they warned. All other bar associations of western Odisha including Bargarh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Kalahandi have also come forward with similar statements and, in strong words, they condemn the activity of the High Court Bar Association and the incident of boycotting courts on Monday.

The Sambalpur Bar association has further decided to observe Tuesday as ‘Thanks Giving Day’ to Moily, for his favourable consideration to this popular demand of western Odisha people, the advocates inform.

“It is a good gesture that Government of India is going to decentralise judiciary for benefit of poor. Instead of welcoming such a novel step, it is highly unfortunate if any organization protest it and Sambalpur Bar will not just be a mute spectator to it,” the SDBA warned during its general body meeting here.

The bar association further demanded to shift the High Court to the State capital at Bhubaneswar with immediate effect since all the High Courts of the country are situated in State Capital except Odisha.

July 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm 1 comment

Western Orissa lawyers boycott local courts

Following is a report by PTI: Rourkela (Orissa), Feb 25 (PTI) Functioning in local courts of western Orissa was hit for the second consecutive day today due to agitation by lawyers who are setting up of a bench of Orissa High Court here.

As per the schedule, the lawyers had been boycotting courts for the last three days of each month to demand a bench of Orissa High Court in western Orissa.

The lawyers under the banner of Western Orissa Bar Association are agitating for the last several years to press for their demand.

They obstructed the judges, revenue and other officials from doing their work following which work in the offices had been affected at Sambalpur, the nerve centre of western Orissa.

February 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm 1 comment

AU Singh Deo favours HC Bench in western Odisha

Following is a report The Pioneer:

Minister for Planning and Coordination and Public Enterprises AU Singh Deo is in support of the demand for setting up a permanent Bench of the High Court in western Odisha. Sources close to him said he was not averse to the idea of the State’s western part having a High Court Bench.

Members of the Bar Associations, students, political leaders and civil society members in the western region have been agitating since long for establishment of a High Court Bench in their area. The Sambalpur District Bar Association’s stir has, meanwhile, been actively supported by the Students’ Unions of the Sambalpur University, Gangadhar Meher (Autonomous) College, Women’s College and LR Law College, Sambalpur University Staff and Employees’ Association, Nari Seva Sangha, Cable Operators’ Association and many other socio-cultural organisations.

On Saturday, a daylong economic blockade was staged in Sambalpur, as a result of which the system was paralysed. Thousands of goods carriers, including four-wheelers and three-wheelers, were not allowed to ply by agitators.

The sources close to Singh Deo’s said that during the last visit of the present Supreme Court Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan to Balangir, the Minister openly batted for a High Court Bench in western Odisha.

December 28, 2009 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Economic blockade in Orissa town; Lawyers demand permanent bench of the Orissa high court in Western region

Following is a report by PTI published in DNA:

Sambalpur (Orissa): Transportation of goods in NH-6 and NH-42 was severely affected following an day-long economic blockade being observed by lawyers in Western Orissa here today.The economic blockade was launched in support of their demand for setting up a permanent bench of the Orissa high court in Western region of the state.

As a result, thousands of goods carriers including four-wheelers and three-wheelers ferrying commodities were not allowed to ply by agitators.

Besides members of the bar, political leaders, students, women, youths andsocialites had participated in the agitation.Outgoing BJP state unit chief Suresh Pujari, a lawyer himself, had also extended his support to the cause. However, vehicles being used for ferrying passengers were exempted from the purview of the blockade.

Meanwhile, keeping this in view, police deployment was made at many places on the roads leading to this western Orissa town, police said.

Pradip Kumar Bohidar, president of Sambalpur district Bar Association has threatened that unless their demand was coneded before January 25 next, they would resort to indefinite hunger strike and economic blockade in the district.

December 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

Koshal state: Lawyers up the ante

Following is a report from The

The dust raised over creation of a separate state comprising districts of western Orissa refuses to settle down with members of the Sambalpur Bar Association (SBA) joining the bandwagon.

Speaking to mediapersons today, president of SBA Pradeep Bohidar welcomed all the organisations demanding creation of separate state comprising districts of western Orissa and assured all support in the stir.

Maintaining that the State Government is pursuing the policy of ‘divide and rule’ be it setting up High Court bench in the region or creation of a separate state, he said that the State Government was trying to put the people of the region against each other.

Elaborating on the stir over setting up of permanent HC bench in western Orissa and issuing an ultimatum to the State Government to declare it by January next, Bohidar said that it will be the final fight and the members of the Bar Association would not only sit on fast unto death but may also resort to economic blockade.

December 17, 2009 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

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