Lawyers to continue cease work

Lawyers of Orissa High Court said on Wednesday that their agitation would continue till the demand for arrest of police personnel involved in the assault on an advocate was met.

By Our Correspondent in Cuttack
  • Published 13.09.18
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Cuttack: Lawyers of Orissa High Court said on Wednesday that their agitation would continue till the demand for arrest of police personnel involved in the assault on an advocate was met.

The lawyers' strike has already affected 11 working days of the court, as the Orissa High Court Bar Association is not satisfied with the action taken against the "guilty" policemen and wants their arrest.

"The general body of Bar has decided to continue with the cease work till the erring policemen are arrested. However, the decision will be reviewed on Monday," secretary Saryabrata Mohanty said.

"Bar associations across the state will also continue to abstain from court work," Mohanty said. The high court bar association had started cease work on August 29. The agitation had intensified with lawyers across the state boycotting court work in support of the demand after a meeting here on Saturday.

"We decided to continue our agitation as the erring policemen have not been arrested. Our members will hold a meeting on Monday to take a decision on the future course of action," he said.

The cease work will, however, automatically stand withdrawn if the erring policemen are arrested, the Bar said.

The association has sought time from the chief minister and the law minister over their demand. On August 30, havildar Prasanna Kumar Behera, constable Dillip Kumar Samal and Odisha Armed Police Force personnel Udaya Kumar Bhuyan were placed under suspension for misconduct. Departmental action was initiated against home guard Kishore Jena.

The police have put its foot down on the ground that the advocate had sustained minor injuries due to the alleged assault. They said the case did not attract charges under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC. So the question of arrest did not arise, a cop said.