Cuttack: Governor Ganeshi Lal today inaugurated the Museum of Justice at Barabati Quila here.
The Orissa High Court Museum, set up in the heritage residential building of the Chief Justice inside Barabati Quila in 2017, has been refurbished as the Museum of Justice, sources said.
Orissa High Court Chief Justice S. Muralidhar, other judges, former Chief Justice of India GB Patnaik, former judges of the High Court and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
“Odisha has a rich heritage of justice delivery system and the Museum of Justice showcases its glorious history from the ancient period,” said Justice Debabrata Dash in his welcome address.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Justice said history has not only been honoured but also been created through the Museum of Justice.
“We had found old records dating back to 19th century from the Record Rooms of the High Court and District Courts. This prompted us to rejuvenate the High Court Museum as the Museum of Justice. The stories of freedom fighters, famous personalities and events lay hidden in these records and the High Court has decided to showcase them in the Museum of Justice and to present before the public the evolution of legal system of Odisha,” said the Chief Justice.
The museum will reflect not only the legal system of Odisha but also that of the entire country, he added.
“We sincerely hope that the Museum of Justice would be a place of learning, research, co-mingling and teaching,” said the Chief Justice.
Delivering the keynote address, Governor Ganeshi Lal applauded the initiative and said that the Museum of Justice is a matter of pride for the entire country. He stressed upon the need of awareness in every action for upholding righteousness and complimented the judiciary for upholding righteousness in true sense.
The Governor expressed hope that the Museum of Justice would enrich the future generations.
Proposing the vote of thanks, Justice Sashikanta Mishra said the Museum of Justice reflects the deep sense of commitment of Chief Justice S. Muralidhar towards the Odisha and its people.
He thanked the state government and all other agencies for their support in rejuvenating the Orissa High Court Museum as Museum of Justice.
The museum has one theme pavilion and seven galleries. The museum library has law books and journals dating back to 18th and 19th centuries.
The Theme Pavilion of the museum is the introductory gallery containing digital timeline of the High Court of Orissa along with picture and graphic model of the court and its development since inception.
Gallery-1 attempts to trace out the evolution of justice system in Odisha from ancient to modern with notes, excerpts from old texts, photos, inscriptions and archival records.
Gallery-2 depicts the freedom movement from 1804 to 1947 with references of trials and conviction of various freedom fighters from Odisha.
Gallery-3 portrays the mode of dispensation of justice among the tribes as well as importance of tribal customary laws.
Gallery-4 contains the glimpses of important judgments and news of the period from 1808 to 2013.
Gallery-5 showcases the old court apparels and accessories.
Gallery-6 tells about the historical timeline of development of legal education in Odisha and information on prominent lawyers of the state along with classification of legal practitioners.
Gallery-7 has a mock court room modelled on the heritage court rooms of Baripada and Aska.