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Judicial work hit in HC for second day

| | CUTTACK | in Bhubaneswar

Judicial activities in the Orissa High Court were paralysed for the second day on Tuesday as the lawyers refrained from attending the courts even as litigants coming from far-off places suffered.

The HC lawyers are boycotting courts since Monday afternoon in protest against inadequate number of judges in the Court to take up the listed cases as number of pending cases mount.

Against a sanctioned strength of 27 judges, the High Court is currently functioning with only 16 judges, including the Chief Justice. There has been no appointment of judges here since May 2015.

The High Court Bar Association on Monday had passed a unanimous resolution to cease work till February 19 next in order to mount pressure for appointment of new judges here.

According to a report reaching here, Law Minister Pratap Jena has expressed his helplessness over the issue, saying he has already appraised about it to the Union Law Ministry.

Reports said the High Courts across the country are facing at least 37-per cent shortage of judges in all the 24 High Courts delaying the judicial activities.

It may be mentioned that the Orissa High Court had 1.70 lakh pending cases by the end of 2016. Similarly, there are over 1.72 lakh cases pending here by the end of 2017.




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