Cuttack, Feb. 26: Snowballing of a face-off between lawyers and police was averted but there has been no let up in the strike by the protesting lawyers here, with bar associations of the Cuttack Civil Court, the Cuttack Criminal Court and the Board of Revenue today resolving to continue cease work till Friday.
Lawyers of the city have been boycotting court since last Friday demanding action against inspector R.N. Barik for allegedly assaulting lawyer Nayan Kishore Biswal inside Bidanasi police station on February 18.
Barik, however, claimed that the allegation was false. He also alleged that it was Biswal who had misbehaved with people inside the police station.
Cases had subsequently been registered against both of them.
Representatives of the three associations and the Orissa High Court Bar Association “amicably settled” the dispute at a meeting with representatives of the Odisha Police Association and the Odisha Havildar, Constables and Sepoy Confederation last night and agreed to resume court work only after Friday.
“Though there was a settlement, the general body of the three associations unanimously passed a resolution to continue cease work till Friday demanding a judicial inquiry into the alleged incident at Bidanasi police station,” Cuttack Civil Court Bar Association secretary Nityananda Beura told The Telegraph.
“A decision on the future course of action will be taken at a general body meeting on March 1,” Beura said.
On the other hand, the Orissa High Court Bar Association was yet to pass a resolution, as there was no consensus regarding resuming court work from tomorrow at the general body meeting held at 2pm today.