Citing dissatisfaction over the recommendations made by the Orissa High Court collegium for judges appointment, the Orissa High Court Advocates Association on Monday boycotted the courts of Chief Justice and two collegium judges. The Association has passed a resolution to continue the boycott till June 26.
The controversy is pertaining to the recommendations made by the collegium to elevate advocates, who, according to the Association, are not regular practitioners at the High Court.
The Association has also resolved to meet the Governor of Orissa, Chief Justice of India, Union Law Minister and the Prime Minister to request that the "illegal recommendations" should not be accepted.
On May 16, a delegation of lawyers led by the Association President Senior Advocate Gopal Krushna Mohanty had met the CJ and two other Collegium judges to express their dissapproval of the proposals. The Chief Justice informed the delegation that the recommended persons met the eligibility criteria, and had sufficient appearances and filings in Court.
The Association however disagreed with the justification offered by the CJ and observed May 17 as a protest day. It was also decided on May 16 that advocates will abstain from appearing in the courts of CJ and two collegium judges on June 17.
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