Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today blamed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the prevailing deadlock in courts in the State because of the protests by lawyers. Through a Facebook video, Pradhan urged the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter and resolve the issue at the earliest.
Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, said people are suffering a lot due to the strike as their cases are pending in courts. He also said that common people are being deprived of getting justice.
“Due to the impasse, judiciary activities have been severely affected. Employment, land disputes, bail plea hearings and other issues have been severely affected. A feud between judiciary and executive has emerged. What will happen if such situation persists? Shouldn’t the CM be concerned about it and act?” Pradhan wanted to know.
As the CM has kept the Home portfolio with himself, he has some sort of responsibility towards the judiciary and its smooth functioning.
“The Chief Minister may give the responsibility to either the Chief Secretary or DG or anyone else, but there’s an urgent need to resolve ongoing deadlock,” he added.
Lawyers of Orissa High Court and lower courts in Cuttack have resorted to cease work since August 29 following an attack on one of their colleagues allegedly by police personnel at Nuabazaar on August 28.
So far, the police have arrested only two of the five accused police personnel involved in the attack while the agitating lawyers have been demanding arrest of the all the accused.
Even after the Supreme Court’s direction to withdraw the strike, the strike continues.