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High Court Branch Issue: MLAs of westen Odisha call for immediate action

Following report is from the Samaja:

April 5, 2012 at 9:13 am 3 comments

Stepmotherly treatment to Western Odisha: Sambalpur Congress MP Amar Pradhan

Follwoing is from The Pioneer:

Sambalpur Congress MP Amar Pradhan on Sunday accused the State Government of “step-motherly attitude” towards western Odisha resulting in intra-State regional disparity. He was participating in a ‘Meet the Press’ programme of the Sambalpur Press Club. Sufficient fund is coming to Sambalpur for developmental works. Whatever fund is allotted for the region, hardly 50 per cent of it is spent, he said.

He further alleged that the post of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) of the Northern Division is deliberately kept vacant to give the local industries an upper hand in revenue matters. This shows “the love of the State Government for the industries,” which are behaving arbitrarily, he remarked.

Pradhan pointed out that the RDC is the chairman of the Periphery Development Committee that looks into problems of the land oustees and all other problems of the division comprising as many as 10 districts. The RDC also directly interferes in the illegal activities of the industries. But going to help the industries, the State Government has kept this important post vacant almost for a year, he said. He also expressed concern over the affairs of the Burla-based VSS Medical College. “The Medical Council of India (MCI) withdrew the enhanced 43 seats in MBBS degree from this college. But due to our intervention, the MCI gave conditional permission. However, the State Government is yet to fulfil the relevant conditions, for which the medical college may face a similar problem at any point of time,” he said.

Pradhan also said State Government has no sincerity to establish a High Court Bench here. When the Union Law minister has already given his consent for a High Court Bench at Sambalpur, the State Government is yet to express similar promptness, he alleged.

He also expressed his utter dissatisfaction over the pollution made by the industries of Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts and, particularly, by those established on SH-10 beginning from Rengali to Jharsuguda. “I will bring this matter to the notice of the State Government,” he said.President and secretary of the Press Club Arjun Ranjan Panda and Prafulla Dash, respectively, and other members were present and interacted with the MP.

February 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Lawyers staged dharna in front of the Orissa legislative assembly for the establishment of a bench of the Orissa high court in Western Orissa

Following is a report from the Telegraph:

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 7: Lawyers of the western part of the state today staged a dharna in front of the state legislative Assembly demanding set up of a permanent bench of the Orissa High Court in western Orissa.

“The people of western Orissa have been demanding establishment of a bench of the high court since 1959. But the government has not given any attention to our demand.

“The state should immediately send a proposal to this effect to the Central government,” said Ashok Das, convener of the central working committee of the Western Orissa Bar Association.

The state government had constituted the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) in 1999 for the development of 10 districts of the western part of the state.

“As the government has given its nod for the WODC, it should now give its nod to the establishment of a permanent bench of the high court,” Das said.

The association has also rejected setting of the Justice C.R. Pal Commission which was constituted by the state government in 2008 to look into the demand for a special permanent bench.

“Though the commission was set up on February 28, 2008, it is yet to meet the representatives of the people. There is no need for the establishment of the commission,” said Das.

The agitation for setting up a special permanent bench picked up momentum after Union law minister Veerappa Moily’s visit to the state on July 14, 2010, where he had favoured the idea of establishment of a high court bench in western Orissa. 

December 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

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

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