Abolition of Odisha SAT: Orissa HC directs transfer of all cases from four benches

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Cuttack: Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed the transfer of all cases from Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Sambalpur benches to Orissa High Court.

Nearly, 70,000 cases are pending before State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

The Orissa High Court in August rejected the plea for a stay on the abolition of the Odisha State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Though the court did not give any ruling on the pending cases, it asked the central and the state governments to furnish a reply on this matter.

Notably, the Centre, in a gazette notification on July 5, had announced the abolition of the Odisha SAT under Section 4(2) of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985 and Section 21 of the General Clauses Act.

The Odisha SAT was set up on July 14, 1986. Later, the Odisha Cabinet in a meeting on September 9, 2015, decided to abolish the tribunal. The state government later placed a proposal to this effect before the Orissa High Court under whose recommendation, the Centre abolished the tribunal.

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