On Monday, the Supreme Court had suggested to the Bar Council of India (BCI) to take appropriate action, including suspension of licences of the striking lawyers.
Chairman of the action committee of Sambalpur Bar Association, Pradeep Bohidar, said the decision on the course of action in view of the Supreme Court’s observation will be taken after a meeting is held. He, however, said they will continue their strike over the demand for a high court bench in Sambalpur on Wednesday, just like other previous Wednesdays. Lawyers here have paralysed the functioning of government offices demanding the state to submit a comprehensive proposal to the Centre regarding establishment of the high court bench. The demand for establishment of a high court bench in Sambalpur is more than six-decades old. In 1959, lawyers started an agitation demaning a circuit bench of the HC.
In Berhampur, members of the Ganjam Bar Association are continuing their agitation for the establishment of a permanent high court bench in Silk City. “We will observe satyagraha on the last four days of every month. The satyagraha was started on Monday. It will continue till our demand is fulfilled,” said Kapil Patnaik, president, Ganjam Bar Association.
He said the Bar members did not attend court work during the protest. Sushil Tripathy, secretary of GBA, said they wanted a permanent high court bench in Berhampur to ease the caseload of high court and provide expeditious justice to people. Our agitation is over three decades-old, he added. “In the last three years, we are resorting to agitation in a peaceful manner to fulfil our demand,” he said.