Fifteen bar associations of Ganjam and Gajapati district take part in ‘cease work’ stir

Lawyers of bar associations of Ganjam and Gajapati district boycotted courts on Tuesday to protest against the stance of High Court bar association of Cuttack against proposal of establishment of permanent benches of Odisha High Court in south Odisha and western Odisha.

Fifteen bar associations of Ganjam and Gajapati district took part in this cease work agitation. The office bearers of these bar associations including those of Ganjam Bar Association urged the Odisha government to expedite the process so that permanent benches of the Odisha High Court could be established in south Odisha and western Odisha could be established soon.

It may be noted that the Ganjam Bar Association is spearheading the demand for establishment of a permanent bench of Odisha High Court for south Odisha in Berhampur. It has got support of all other bar associations of Ganjam and Gajapati district.

President of the Ganjam Bar Association, Kapileswar Patnaik said all bar associations of these two district have equivocally condemned the ‘anti-people’ approach of members of Odisha High Court Bar Association. “How can the lawyers of Odisha High Court oppose the proposal of taking legal services to the proximity of common mass through establishment of High Court benches in the State,” Mr Patnaik said. He also condemned the plans of High Court Bar Association to file an PIL against proposal of establishment of benches of Odisha High Court in south and western region.

According to Mr. Patnaik, members of Odisha High Court Bar Association should learn from the Chennai High Court Bar Association, which did not oppose or file PIL against establishment of a bench of the High Court in Madurai.

Lawyers of Ganjam Bar Association termed the demand of High Court Bar Association, not to have any permanent bench of the High Court anywhere else in Odisha as unjustified.

They demand the Odisha High Court not accept the PIL in this regard if it gets filed by the High Court bar association.

But the Ganjam Bar Association has decided to continue with its four day cease work agitation on last four days of every month till a permanent bench of the High Court for south Odisha was established in the city.

All other bar associations of Ganjam and Gajapati districts observing a two-day cease work for the same demand. “Now all bar association of these two districts have also decided to four days cease work,” Mr Patnaik said.