Jharsuguda: Advocates of Jharsuguda Bar Association observed a week-long cease-work agitation from Monday in demanding of a permanent High Court bench in Western Odisha.
In Jharsuguda District, offices of both state and central governments, courts and banking institutions remained closed. However, schools, colleges, hospitals and other business establishments were functioning normally.
Reportedly, lawyers of the region had been agitating for a high court bench for the past several years. The association had earlier threatened to intensify their agitation if the state government fails to settle the issue of establishment of Orissa High Court bench in Western Odisha.
Jharsuguda Bar Association’s President Advocate Raghumani Patel, said that” As per the CAC (Central Action Committee) meeting, it was decided to observe a week-long cease of work agitation from 19th – 24th February. In Jharsuguda district, we have closed all banks on Monday along with Central and Government offices. However, next five days, leaving banks all offices of Central and State government will remain closed and if the state government still doesn’t respond to this, then all the lawyers from the western Odisha will surrender their license to state government and then would decide the future course of action.”