Odisha high court bench composition: BJP, BJD indulge in blame game

New Delhi: Odisha high court bench composition : The Bharatiya Janata Party – BJP and the Biju Janata Dal – BJD on Friday indulged in a blame game over the establishment of a permanent bench of the Odisha High Court in the western parts of the state after the arrest of 43 lawyers and the suspension of the licenses of all. advocates of Sambalpur for violence during a protest against the same issue.

Now Five BJP MLAs from West Odisha wrote a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday seeking a fruitful solution to the matter.

Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari blamed the state government for the current situation in Sambalpur. He claimed that if the state government had taken timely measures, the situation could have been avoided, Speaking to reporters in Delhi today.

The Union Law Minister made a statement in Parliament and wrote several letters to the Odisha government to take an acceptable solution regarding the establishment of a permanent bench of the Orissa High Court in the western part of Odisha, the MP said.


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“The delay and lack of commitment of the state government neither in consulting the Chief Justice of Orissa and the Governor of Orissa nor in providing the composite proposals sought by the Union Law Ministry have led to the current law and order situation leading to the arrest of dozens of lawyers in Sambalpur and the suspension of licenses 43 odd lawyers for one-and-a-half years and suspension of license of all lawyers of Sambalpur Bar until further orders,” said Pujari, who is a member of the same bar association.

According to Pujari, as per the procedure, the state government should submit a composite proposal specifying the exact place for setting up the HC bench, its jurisdiction and provision of necessary infrastructure for it. The BJP MLAs asked the state government to deal with the unprecedented situation without further delay.

They demanded that the state should release the arrested lawyers and take up the matter with the Bar Council of India to lift the suspension of the lawyers’ licenses in the interests of the poor litigants and also to restore peace, tranquility and a conducive healthy atmosphere in the country. State.

Commenting on the issue, BJD Rajya Sabha MP Sasmit Patra blamed the Center for the delay in setting up the HC bench. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written letters to the Center several times before and again on September 5, 2018, assuring them that the Center would provide all adequate resources, including infrastructural and financial resources, for setting up a West Orissa High Court bench, Patra said.

“Despite the CM’s blank check for all the work in this regard, it is surprising why the Center is not going ahead with the appointment of the site after consulting the Orissa HC,” Patra said.

The Rajya Sabha member said the Center can establish a Supreme Court bench through Parliament only by exercising its powers under Union List entry 78 in the Constitution.

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