Cuttack: The Bar association in Cuttack launched a cease-work stir on Friday demanding stay on the abolition of State Administrative Tribunal in Odisha. The lawyers have called for a general body meeting on Wednesday to decide on their next step.
Challenging the Gazette notification regarding abolition of SAT, the lawyers said, “As many as 74,498 cases are pending in SAT. If the Tribunal is abolished, then what will happen to all these cases. The litigants are the ultimate sufferers here.”
The lawyers had also filed a petition in Orissa High Court requesting to stay the order of abolition. However, the HC had refused.
Established on July 14, 1986, the SAT has its principal bench in Bhubaneswar, a regular bench in Cuttack and circuit benches in Sambalpur and Berhampur.
The Cabinet had approved to abolish SAT on September 9, 2015 as its very objective to give quick justice to employees could not be achieved. However, the final execution had been pending due to matters like suitable adjustment of the employees of SAT and decision on pending cases in the Tribunal. The Centre finally issued a notification regarding SAT’s abolition on August 2.