23 January 2020
Bolangir: Lawyers have called for a western Odisha shutdown on February 5.
The decision to call for a bandh was taken at an emergency meeting of lawyers attended by different lawyers associations of western Odisha held here today.
The bandh call has been given in protest against the Odisha State Bar Council (OSBC) writing a letter to the Bar Council of India (BCI) to take appropriate disciplinary action against the office-bearers of 17 bar associations of western Odisha and members of the Central Action Committee (CAC) for continuing with their cease work despite directions of the Supreme Court and requests of the BCI and SBC to stop.
The lawyers said that shops and establishments, government offices, schools, colleges, banks, etc will remain shut on February 5.
"We have called for a bandh on February 5. It will be observed as 'Chetawani Divas'. On that day all schools, colleges, banks, offices will remain closed," said Bijitendra Pradhan, president, Sambalpur District Lawyers' Association briefing reporters here.
He said that representatives of all district lawyers associations and bar associations of western Odisha barring one or two took part in today's meeting.
"Today's meeting was historic. Drafting of 'Bolangir Declaration' is underway. These bar associations will unitedly fight for the development of western Odisha and face the government and its divisive tactics in an organised manner," Pradhan stated.
Worth mentioning, lawyers in western Odisha have been demanding the establishment of a permanent bench of the Orissa High Court in the western part of the State.
The lawyers have been expressing disappointment over non-functioning of the high-level intra-departmental committee constituted by the State government to look into the demand for establishment of permanent HC bench in western Odisha.
They have been protesting against the inordinate delay in the establishment of a permanent bench.