Berhampur, Dec 7 (LocalWire) The Ganjam Bar Association (GBA) on Friday urged chief minister Naveen Patnaik for establishment of a permanent bench of Orissa High Court at Berhampur.
Office bearers of GBA, led by its president Mohan Singari, submitted a memorandum to Patnaik at his residence at Bhubaneswar.
“The Chief Minister has assured us to look into the matter,” said Singari.
MLA (Berhampur) R.Ch Chaupatnaik, MLA (Gopalpur) Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy and former union minister Chandra Sekhar Sahu also accompanied them, extending their solidarity to the demand of GBA.
“We think the chief minister is taking our demand positively,” he said.
Singari, however, said their ongoing agitation would be continued till their demand is fulfilled.
Since last 10 years, the GBA is boycotting court for the last four days of every month, as a part of their agitation.
Saying Berhampur is a suitable place for setting up of the high court bench, the GBA president said around 35 percent of the pending cases in high court were from ten southern Odisha districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkanagiri, Nabarangapur, Kandhamal, Boudh, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
Moreover Berhampur, the biggest town of the southern Odisha is also the headquarters of the revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) southern division and is well-connected via road and rail.
The GBA was demanding for the permanent bench of state high court for about three decades.