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CUTTACK: The Supreme Court will hear on Monday a petition of the Orissa high court on the issue of members of different bar associations remaining absent from proceedings which has affected judicial work in all subordinate courts in the state.

In the petition, the registrar general of the high court said that such abstentions by lawyers had resulted in a cumulative loss of 2,14,176 judicial working hours in subordinate courts of the state from January 1 to September 30.

An SC order issued on Friday said the Chief Justice of India had directed for listing of the case on November 14.

The intimation of listing be informed to both the Bar Council of India and the Bar Council of Orissa and concerned Bars through registrar general of the Orissa high court with a pious hope that they will see reason before the next date, the order said.

According to the petition, members of Bar associations not only of western Odisha, but also bar associations of other districts have on different occasions not participated in regular court proceedings even after lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

The reasons for abstentions included demanding establishment of permanent bench of the HC in addition to the principal bench in Cuttack, demanding establishment of court, demanding crop insurance, demanding enhancement of welfare funds, demise of advocates, demise of judicial officers, floods, scorching heat, Bharat Bandh, etc, the petition said. The statistics for the period from January 1 to September 30 shows that the cumulative judicial working time lost in the subordinate courts is 2,14,176 hours, the petition explained.

Members of the Bar associations in Sambalpur district have attended only urgent work on September 26 and 27, while observing September 28 as protest day and complete cease work on September 30. Members of the Ganjam Bar associations observe satyagraha/dharna during the last four working days of every month.

The members of the district Bar association at Jeypore of Koraput district are not participating in the last two working days of every month and those of the Bhubaneswar Bar Association are observing daylong cease work on the last Friday of every month, it further said.

On October 11, the Bhubaneswar Bar Association decided to boycott the court of district & sessions judge, Khurda, from the next day till the issues they have are resolved, the petition added. According to latest data, more than 15 lakh cases are pending in the subordinate courts of the state.

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