Lawyers to paralyse Baripada court on Feb 15

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Baripada, Feb 11 (UNI) In order to press for an immediate establishment of a permanent bench of Orissa High Court at Baripada, the lawyers have decided to paralyse the court work here on February 15 next.

The one-day strike by the lawyers was taken at a meeting of the 32-member Steering Committee, chaired by District Bar Association president Srinibas Pradhan.

He said at least four towns in the tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district would reverberate with slogans by the striking lawyers on Friday to reiterate the long standing demand of the people of Mayurbhanj.

Over 1500 slogan shouting advocates dressed in their uniform would be parading the streets of the district headquarters town to ventilate their just and genuine demand, said District Bar Association secretary Arabinda Acharya.

The lawyers in the Sub-Divisional towns of Rairangpur, Karanjia and Udala would also resort to a strike the same day and paralyse court work in support of the demand.

Mr Acharya said the erstwhile princely state of Mayurbhanj had a rich legacy of legal system with a full-fledged high court established at Baripada on April 10, 1933 by late Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo, the last king of the Bhanja dynasty, who ruled the state from 1928 to 1948.

The District Bar Association had referred to a ''merger agreement'' signed by the then Bhanja King and the Government of India which assured the setting up of a permanent bench of Orissa High Court at Baripada, he added.

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