Berhampur, August 28 (LocalWire): Ganjam Bar Association which has been demanding a permanent bench of the state High Court in Berhampur for several decades, decided to intensify their agitation involving other Bars in the district.
Since the last decade, GBA has resorted to cease work on the last four working days of every month for their demand but today declared to intensify their stir.
‘We have decided to appeal and involve the public in the agitation,’ said GBA president, Rabi Panigrahy.
He said a permanent bench was the only alternative measure after the recent abolition of Odisha Administrative Tribunal and its circuit bench at Berhampur and merger of their power to the state High Court.
In the absence of any such alternative arrangement, people of the region will suffer, as they are suddenly deprived of the facility that they enjoyed through the circuit bench of OAT at Berhampur, the GBA president said.
‘In the larger interest of the people, we urge Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the chief justice, state high court to establish the permanent bench of the high court here as Berhampur fulfills almost all the guidelines suggested by Jaswant Singh Commission,’ he said.
GBA secretary Kailash Chandra Panigrahy said around 35 percent of the pending cases in the high court were from the 10 southern Odisha districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkanagiri, Nabarangapur, Kandhamal, Boudh, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
Moreover, Berhampur, the biggest town in southern Odisha is also the head quarter of the revenue divisional commissioner, southern division, and has the facilities of road and rail communication.