In a letter to BJP’s Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari, the Union Law Minister said, “The Odisha government has requested for setting up High Court bench in western and southern region of Odisha. The Central Government has requested the state government of Odisha, time and again, to work out details of the proposed benches including its location in consultation with High Court of Orissa. However, no response has been received yet.”
The Union Minister clarified that there is no complete proposal regarding the setting up of bench(es) of Orissa High Court is pending with the Government of India. The Centre will take action if the complete proposal comes with the consent of the High Court, he noted.
“The State government along with Orissa High Court needs to work out details including provision of land, building of High Court and residential accommodation for judges and staff of proposed bench. Once the state government communicates the proposal along with the consent of the High Court, the government will take further necessary action,” Rijiju's letter read.
Notably, Pujari had raised the issue of ‘demand of setting up a permanent bench of High Court in western part of Odisha’ during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha on December 21, 2022.