Odisha lawyers resume work after prolonged ceasework

Cuttack: The lawyers of Orissa High Court Bar Association resumed court work today after 21 days. They had called off ceasework on November 1.

The lawyers were on strike since October 14 against the Supreme Court’s collegium system for appointment of judges in Orissa High Court.

On October 24, the apex court observed that the conduct of the lawyers fell within the domain of contempt.

The lawyers decided to withdraw prolonged agitation after the the Bar Council of India (BCI) intervened into the matter directing the agitators to immediately suspend ceasework in view of larger interests of people.

“We will resume work from November 4, but will continue to press our demands at different forums,” Orissa High Court Bar Association President Gopalkrushna Mohanty had told in his reaction to the BCI’s direction.

Recently, the Supreme Court’s collegium has recommended names of advocate Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi and judicial officer Bibhu Prasad Routray to be appointed as Orissa High Court judges.

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