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Odisha: HC Bar Assn Suspends Senior Lawyer

23 October 2019

Bikash Sharma

Cuttack: A day after the Supreme Court took serious note of ceasework of lawyers in Orissa High Court, the HC Bar Association suspended senior lawyer, Siba Shankar Mishra from its membership.

The step was taken by the HC Bar Association Action Committee which has granted seven days to Mishra for presenting his stand before the Bar. Mishra is representing the Orissa High Court in the Supreme Court in the ongoing lawyers’ ceasework case.

Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, HC Bar Association president Gopal Krushna Mohanty said, the Bar would write to the State Government for Mishra's removal from the Supreme Court lawyers' panel of Odisha Government.

Speaking about the development, Mishra made his stand clear that he is not against the lawyers. "I am for rule of law, I am for the institution, I am for the litigant. I have nothing to do with or am not against the lawyers. Whatever statement I made in the court (Supreme Court), that is on the basis of instructions from my client (Orissa High Court)," said Mishra speaking to OMMCOM NEWS.

"I am the life member of Orissa High Court Bar Association. I enrolled in the Orissa Bar Council, but I got it transferred to Delhi because am a practioner of Delhi. Since last 28 years I am practicing in the Supreme Court (1991 onwards)," he added.

The Supreme Court has expressed its unhappiness over the ongoing ceasework agitation of the Orissa High Court Bar Association opposing appointment of judges in the HC as per the recommendation of Supreme Court Collegium.

On the other hand, a full bench of Orissa High Court on Monday allowed the High Court Bar Association nine days time to file a reply to the notice issued to it on the issue of ‘cessation of courts works due to continuous strike’.

Gopal Krushna Mohanty, President, Orissa High Court Bar Association