Odisha lawyers on cease-work today protesting SAT abolition

Bhubaneswar: The lawyers’ body of Odisha State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) is observing a cease-work stir today protesting its abolition by Centre recently.

The lawyers’ body took to streets and staged a demonstration before Khordha District & Sessions Judge Court here this morning and were later joined by Bhubaneswar Bar Association members as well as the lawyers of lower courts.

Notably, on August 5 this year, the Centre abolished SAT by means of a gazette notification. It quashed an earlier notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on July 4, 1986 while issuing the order.

The abolition of SAT was made under Section- 4 (2) of Administrative Tribunal Act 1985 and Section-21 of General Clauses Act, in response to Odisha Cabinet’s approval for SAT abolition on September 9, 2015.

While, the SAT Bar Association moved the High Court on August 7 citing the Centre’s move as ‘illegal’, the pleas for stay order was rejected. The court also asked the Centre and Odisha government to submit their reply on the issue by fixing the date for next hearing on September 5.

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