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Orissa High Court Bar Suspends Indefinite Stir After Discussion With Chief Justice

**Cuttack:** After almost a month, the Orissa High Court Bar Association has put on hold their ongoing hunger strike demanding appointment of new judges for filling up the existing vacancies since long.

The functioning of the Orissa High Court had been paralyzed since February 12 as the lawyers were on a cease-work agitation demanding immediate appointment of judges against the vacancies.

Hearing of cases had been adversely affected since the start of the stir creating problems for the people.

The general body of the bar association met the Chief Justice where the members discussed about issues in listing cases due to scarcity of judges in the High Court.

High Court Bar Association president and senior advocate Srinath Nayak said, “The Bar Association members held a meeting at 11 am on Monday with the Chief Justice. The judge posts that are lying vacant will be sent to the higher authority and the Chief Justice assured that by March 31 a decision will be made on this regard”.

Following such a decision, the high court will run normally as the lawyers have decided to resume work from Tuesday after suspending their hunger strike.

According to sources, the current judge strength of the HC is 16 against the sanctioned posts of 27 and no judge has been appointed since 2015. After retirement of two judges in June-July this year, it will further decrease the strength leading to further delay of hearing of the cases against the number of pending cases piling up.

Notably, the members of the Orissa High Court Bar Association sat on a hunger strike from February 20 protesting the vacany of judges in the High Court. The strike had continued till date where no petitioners were allowed to enter into the court room.

Srinath Nayak, President, Orissa High Court Bar Association

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