Lawyers' strike over transfer of HC judge

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court Bar Association today resorted to a one-day token strike protesting against the transfer of a judge of the HC. The lawyers will resume work on Monday.

The association alleged that nine posts of the sanctioned 27 are lying vacant in the Orissa High Court. The fresh transfer Satrughana Pujahari to Madras High Court has evoked resentment among the lawyers.

On November 14, the Union Law Ministry has transferred Justice Satrughana Pujahari and directed him to assume his charge at the Madras High Court on or before November 28.

Association secretary Umesh Chandra Behura said with the transfer of Justice Pujahari, the number of judges in Orissa High Court, including the Chief Justice, has gone down to 17 against the sanctioned strength of 27.

On earlier occasions too, lawyers had resorted to agitations whenever transfer of judge took place.

On September 6, 2010, the bar association launched a cease work to protest against the transfer of Justice BP Ray to Kerala High Court and resumed work on September 14 after a delegation of the association called on the Chief Justice of India. At that time, seven posts of judges were lying vacant against the sanctioned strength of 22.

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