Permanent HC Bench: Naveen urges Centre for early decision

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the Centre to take an early decision regarding establishment of permanent benches of Orissa High Court in Western and Southern Odisha.

In a letter to the Union Minister of Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, the CM said, “There is more than adequate justification for the establishment of permanent High Court Benches in these regions.”

“There is overwhelming public demand for the establishment of permanent High Court Benches in both Western and Southern Odisha and the people of these areas are persistently agitating for the same,” the CM said, adding, the agitations have often affected the functioning of Courts and other government offices in these regions.

“While the State Government is aware of various decisions of the Supreme Court as well as the recommendation of the Justice Jaswant Singh Commission for establishment of the Bench of a High Court away from its principal seat, it is also a fact that Government of India has the authority to decide about creation of separate bench(es) of the High Court other than the principal seat,” he maintained.

Patnaik also reaffirmed the commitment of the state government for providing all requisite resources for the establishment of High Court Benches in these areas in order to facilitate the Centre to take an early decision on this pressing issue.

“In view of the unrelenting agitation by the people of these regions and also considering the imperativeness of the matter, I would request that an early decision regarding establishment of permanent Benches of High Court in Western and Southern Odisha be taken by the Government of India to fulfil the aspirations of the people of these regions,” Naveen added.

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