BHUBANESWAR: With no solution to the nearly two months long strike of lawyers in sight, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday sought the intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to break the logjam and bring normalcy in the functioning of the judiciary.
Expressing concern over the suffering of people who are unable to have access to justice due to the on-going strike of lawyers, Pradhan in a Facebook post said the silence of the Chief Minister is baffling.
Coming down heavily on Naveen for not taking any initiative to end the stand-off between the lawyers and police, the Union Minister said the current crisis in the justice delivery system has exposed the apathy of the State Government to the problems of people.
“As the Chief Minister is in charge of the Home department, he has a responsibility towards the judiciary and police. I am not here to judge who is right or who is wrong. But it is the job of the Government to ensure smooth functioning of the executive and the judiciary. The Chief Minister has miserably failed in his duty,” Pradhan said and added that sooner the deadlock ends, the better for people waiting to get justice.
Seeking an immediate solution to the problem, Pradhan requested the Chief Minister to entrust the job either to the Chief Secretary or Director General of Police or both to find a solution to the stalemate.
Lawyers of Orissa High Court and lower courts of Cuttack have resorted to cease work since August 29 following an attack on a lawyer allegedly by police at Nuabazar of the Millennium City on August 28.
The cease work continued despite the Supreme Court directing the agitating lawyers to call off their strike so that no impediment is caused in the right of access to justice to any litigants.