Sambalpur Collector Apologizes, Lawyers to Withdraw Strike

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s habitual inertia in matter of memoranda of grievances has this time become a bit of boon to justice-seekers of Sambalpur. The Advocates’ continuous strike, notwithstanding full support to them by the general public, had put the litigants in severe predicament, which, come the next working day, may be over.

The lawyers would end their strike probably on Monday as the District Collector has expressed regrets on Friday.

The IAS Officers Association had appealed the CM to take stern action against lawyers, who, in its view, were “anti-socials”.

But the CM taking no immediate effective step, and thus the district Collector being forced into a fix, the Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Sambalpur had stepped in to formulate a compromise between her and the lawyers which apparently has clicked.

Withdrawal of the strike would be finalized after the district bar formally approves it and other bar associations who stood in solidarity with the Sambalpur lawyers are consulted over the development.

Justice P.K. Mohanty Requested to Reject Govt. Offer of Judicial Commission and Bar Associations Requested to Strengthen the Protest in the Matter of Pipili Gang Rape

Request to Justice P.K.Mohanty

The Orissa Gana Samaj comprising the united platform of media persons in Orissa – the Media Unity for Freedom of Press – and all Opposition parties and frontline civil society organizations of the State has requested Justice P. K. Mohanty not to accept the offer of the  State Government to act as the Inquiry Commission of Arjungoda (Pipili) gang rape case, which is one of the most heinous crimes against a dalit girl ever perpetrated under supportive canopy of the Government. Making it clear that the Commission is appointed “only to divert growing public anger and increasing demand for a CBI investigation into the case”, the OGS has urged upon Justice Mohanty to “decline offer of the Government in the interest of justice”.

Request to the Bar Associations

The OGS has also requested the members of all Bar Associations including the High Court Bar Association to join the mass protest rally to demonstrate today the wrath of public against official protection given to the rapists of Pipili in particular so far and the tactics contrived in shape of judicial inquiry to give the rapists indirect protection hereafter by delaying the possible actions under criminal laws, as the prosecution shall have to wait till the judicial investigations are over.

In an appeal, joint conveners of the OGS , Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das of MUFP have mentioned , ” it is a matter of great concern that the sexual harassment to women is rising in the State of Odisha every day. The increasing henious crime, needless to say, is due to inefficiency, acllousness and political intervension in the State police force. The occurrence in village Arjungoda under Pipili police station is one of the glaring example of such inaction of the Government. Every conseious citizen shall have to react and register their protest”.

As per the program, the protest would be offered in the form of procession start from Gopabandhu Bag, Cuttack on 24th January, 2012 in the morning at 10.30 a.m. and meeting at the end of it while handing over a memorandum to R.D.C. ( Central ) for the Government.