Protesting Sat Lawyers Clash With Police

Bhubaneswar: Dec 15; Tension prevailed here at Mahatma Gandhi Marg after agitating lawyers clashed with police, which retaliated with lathicharge while trying to break barricades in front of the State Assembly. The lawyers were protesting against the proposed abolition of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

A woman lawyer sustained injury in her face in the scuffle.

The SAT lawyers of the Cuttack and Bhubaneswar Benches supported by the State Bar Council took out a procession from the Lower PMG demanding the move to abolish the SAT. The lawyers took to the street after the 15-day deadline they had served to the Government to revoke its decision.

The lawyers alleged that they were beaten up by the police when they were agitating democratically.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra visited the dharna site and held discussion with the lawyers and said there is no need of abolition of the SAT.

"There is no need of abolition of the SAT. The Government employees and lawyers are against the Government's decision. We will raise the issue in the Assembly," said Mishra.

The State Cabinet on September 9 has approved a proposal to abolish the SAT on the ground that the tribunal set up in 1986 has not been able to achieve its desired goal. With its principal Bench at Bhubaneswar, the tribunal has been functioning from its permanent and regular Benches at Cuttack and circuit Benches at Sambalpur and Brahmapur.

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