Cuttack: A full bench of Orissa High Court on Monday conducted hearing on the multiple cease-work agitations by the lawyers’ unions across Odisha in opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision.
The HC bench comprising Chief Justice K S Jhaveri and all 13 judges of the court conducted the hearing during which, the representatives of the HC Bar Association and other respondents deposed before the bench and sought four weeks time to submit their replies. Later, the bench posted the next hearing to November 4.
Taking suo moto cognizance of the frequent strikes by lawyers, in its October 15 hearing, a 14-member full bench of Orissa High Court issued notices to Orissa High Court Bar Association, Orissa Bar Council and Bar Council of India to submit a reply by October 21 in this connection. The Court has posted the matter to October 21 for further hearing. Besides, the bench also issued notices to the district bar associations who are on strike.
Notices have also been served to Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Law Secretary, national and state bar council presidents, high court bar association president, and secretary.
Notably, the members of the Orissa High Court Bar Association have been protesting the collegium system for the appointment of High Court Judges. Earlier, the lawyers had also boycotted the court of the Chief Justice for several days over the issue.