Supreme Court withdraws power of Odisha HC Bar to punish senior advocate

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday withdrew the power of the Odisha High Court Bar Association to take any disciplinary action against Shiv Shankar Mishra. Advocate Mishra is representing the Orissa High Court in the Supreme Court.
The SC also stayed the decision to suspend Mishra, senior counsel for the Orissa HC Bar Association. The apex court bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph has directed the Odisha government to stop the judicial work in the High Court and the lower courts of the state for how long due to the lawyers’ strike in 2018 and 2019.The Odisha government has informed the apex court that its machinery is well equipped to provide security to lawyers and litigants in different courts including the High Court. After getting the submission from the Odisha government in this regard, the court said that deployment of paramilitary forces in the HC was not needed as of now.
The Attorney General KK Venugopal urged the court to deliver the judgment based on the guidelines of the National Law Commission. The Supreme Court bench has summoned the presidents of Odisha Bar Association and Odisha Bar Council to appear personally before the court on the next hearing on November 8.
The apex court has directed the duo to explain in detail the reasons behind the lawyers’ strike in the state and why contempt of court will not be slapped on the lawyers for such an act.
The court has also summoned the President of the Bar Council of India to remain present on that day and assist them in hearing the case.

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