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Odisha: HC Lawyers To Meet President & PM, Seek Grievance Redressal

16 October 2019

Bikash Sharma

Cuttack: The action committee of High Court Bar Association has decided to meet the President, Prime Minister and Union Law Minister to apprise them of their concerns over the Collegium system and request for introduction of National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC). A delegation of High Court Bar Association will also meet the Law Department Minister of Odisha on Thursday and discuss their grievances.

The lawyers have expressed resentment over the contempt proceeding which was initiated one day back, presided by 14 Judges of the Orissa High Court against 68 bar associations. These bar associations have resorted to strike or cessation of court work.

Among other issues, the lawyers have raised concern over vacancy of Judges in the Orissa High Court. "The Orissa High Court has a sanctioned strength of 27 Judges but there are only 14 Judges here. There are presently arrears of 1.72 lakh cases in the High Court which will rise as 72,000 cases from the State Administrative Tribunal are likely to be transferred to the HC (after the abolition of SAT)," the Lawyers' body said.

The High Court Bar Association is of the opinion that unless Judges vacancy is filled up giving justice to the litigant public will be extremely difficult, the press note issued by the Association stated. In this context, the All Odisha Bar Association has convened a meeting on Friday (October 18) in Cuttack.

Gopal Krushna Mohanty, President, Orissa High Court Bar Association