BHUBANESWAR: The State-owned Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) will float tenders for construction of Bhubaneswar Court Complex by the second week of March. The work will commence within a week after the bidder is awarded the contract, Orissa High Court Judge Justice Indrajit Mohanty said on Saturday.
Addressing the annual function of Bhubaneswar Bar Association on the premises of Khurda District and Sessions Court here, Justice Mohanty said till the new court building is ready, a stop-gap arrangement will be made by constructing an additional (second) floor in the existing building.
The proposed complex, which has already got the financial clearance of the State Government, will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and will have sufficient space for judges, lawyers and about 10,000 litigants who visit the court daily.
Justice Mohanty hailed members of the Bhubaneswar Bar for maintaining highest ethical and moral standards. “It is the only Bar in the State which has been holding elections on the same day when the association decides unanimously,” he added.
Continuous legal education focusing on new laws of the CrPC and IPC should be introduced by the Bar. It would be of great assistance for budding lawyers and experienced ones alike, Mohanty said urging the association to start legal education classes. Secretary of the Bar Chittaranjan Dash read out the developmental works taken up by the association last year. He urged the State Government to set up an Odisha Protection of Interests of Depositors in Financial Establishments (OPID) court in the City.
The corpus fund of Bhubaneswar Bar Association Advocates’ Welfare Trust, which was set up in January, has `22 lakh in its account. If a law practitioner meets an accident or suffers a serious disease, the trust would provide him or her appropriate treatment support, Dash added. A souvenir and lawyers’ telephone directory were released on the occasion. Among others, High Court Judge Justice Durga Charan Choudhary, Odisha State Bar Council Chairman Manas Ranjan Mohaptra and Bhubaneswar Bar Association president Ashok Patra were present.