Sambalpur: The demand for a permanent Orissa High Court bench in western Odisha intensified today with agitating lawyers intercepting the Sambalpur District Judge and Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) near Kacheri Chhak here and did not allow them to go to courts.
The agitating lawyers stopped the District Judge and SDJM and requested them not to proceed for courts as part of their agitation.
The lawyers are staging demonstrations for last 50 days demanding a permanent HC bench in the region by not participating in court activities. This apart, the lawyers have also closed down the Revenue Divisional Commissioner office and Collectorate to register their protest.
Notably, the district bar association in Sambalpur is on strike since September 5.
The lawyers as part of their agitation have enforced closure of all judicial courts, revenue courts and tehsil offices.