The superintendent of the Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack, 26 km from here, issued an order June 28 directing that no person other than the attendants of patients would be allowed to enter its premises without official permission.
Doctors and hospitals staff were also barred from speaking to media persons without prior permission from the hospital authorities.
Rights activist Nishikanta Mishra filed a writ petition in the High Court.
The authorities issued the order in the wake of a strike by junior doctors protesting the arrest of one of their colleagues for allegedly attacking a media person.
Challenging the order, rights activist and lawyer Nishikanta Mishra filed a writ petition in the High Court.
A division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice C. Nagappan and Justice Indrajit Mohanty Tuesday directed officials of the state government and the hospital authorities to file their responses within two weeks, Mishra said.