Cuttack: The agitating Orissa High Court lawyers today defied the Supreme Court’s directive to withdraw stir. They decided to continue the ongoing cease-work protest till Wednesday.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Orissa High Court Bar Association in an emergency general body meeting held today to discuss the cessation of court work in view of Supreme Court’s order.
Notably, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed Director General of Police (DGP) to transfer investigation of the lawyer’s assault case to the Crime Branch while restraining the agitating lawyers from continuing strike.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud passed the order while hearing a writ petition filed by Abhijit Iyer Mitra who had moved the apex court submitting that he was compelled to file the petition before the SC as his liberty was affected and he was unable to move Orissa High Court due to the ongoing Bar Association’s strike arising out of police-lawyers conflict.
High Court Bar Association secretary Satyabrat Mohanty told reporters that the Supreme Court gave the order without hearing them and hence they will not withdraw the strike.