BJP leader and former Assembly Deputy Speaker Rama Chandra Panda on Sunday demanded that the State Government recommend to the Centre for establishment of a permanent Bench of the Odisha High Court for southern Odisha at Brahmapur along with the recommendation in favour of western Odisha at one go.
In a letter to Governor SC Jamir, Panda stated that the lawyers of Brahmapur have been agitating for three decades for setting up of a HC Bench at Brahmapur, which played a pivotal role in the unification of Odisha and is the commercial nerve-centre of the southern part of the State. The city has the required infrastructure for the purpose. The century-old Bar of Brahmapur has produced several eminent jurists like Justices Jagannath Das and Lingaraj Panigrahi.
Now that the State Government is contemplating to recommend to the Centre for a HC Bench in western Odisha, it should also make recommendation for a HC Bench for the southern region simultaneously. Or else, people of Brahmapur would be forced to take the issue to the street, Panda cautioned.
Panda in his letter appealed to the Governor to advise the Government to consider the case of Brahmapur too without adopting discriminatory tactics. The copy of the letter was released to the Press. Source: The Pioneer