Bhubaneswar: Three lawyers dismissed from Orissa High Court Bar Association; They include BJD legal front convenor Milan Kanungo, advisor Asim Amitabh & former HC bar vice president Banshidhar Satpathy .
“The general body of the association resolved to suspend the membership of Senior Advocate Asim Amitav Dash, Milan Kanungo and Banshidhar Satapathy. Since Dr Mohanty has already tendered an apology, he has been issued a notice to show cause as to why his membership of the association shall not be suspended,” said association secretary Satyabrata Mohanty.
Mohanty further informed that the general body also resolved to continue the lawyers’ agitation till November 9, the date fixed by the High Court to hear all the three writ petitions pertaining to the lawyer-police strife arising out of the August 28 police assault on a Cuttack advocate. On that date, Crime Branch IGP Arun Bothra has also been asked to submit final reports on the relevant criminal cases.
Demanding arrest of four policemen, who had assaulted advocate Devi Prasanna Patnaik, the lawyers across the State are on strike since August 29. In the meantime, advocate Patnaik, who had also been booked in three cases, has approached the High Court for quashing of the FIRs against him and has also sought interim protection. All his petitions are scheduled to be taken up on November 12.
In another related development, secretary of Cuttack Criminal Court Bar Association Pradeep Kumar Parida through his advocate Prashant Kumar Nayak on Friday issued a legal notice to Cuttack city DCP Akhileswar Singh. Parida alleged that Singh had tried to defame him in public eyes by taking his name among those advocates who had apparently negotiated with the police to call off the lawyers’ strike.