04 November 2019
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court Lawyers are all set to resume work from Monday onwards after the Orissa High Court Bar Association (OHCBA) called off its strike on November 1 following a decision at its general body meeting.
The lawyers were on strike from October 14 protesting the Supreme Court collegiums’ suggestions for the appointment of judges in the High Court.
However, OHCBA president Gopal Krushna Mohanty had stressed that the association will remain committed to its demand for immediate filling up of vacancies of judges in Odisha wherever these are lying vacant to give justice to the litigant public. He had reiterated that preference should be given to lawyers practising in the High Court while filling up of vacancies of judges in the High Court.
Previously, the SC had expressed its displeasure over the strike by the lawyers and had observed that the demand of the lawyers could have hardly been a ground to abstain from work. The apex court had also warned the agitating lawyers that their conduct could be treated as contempt of Court. It had issued notices to the OHCBA president to appear before it in person on November 8, the date fixed for the next hearing in the case.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) had also requested the OHCBA to resume work and end the strike; following which the lawyers had called off their strike on November 1.