Cuttack:28/1/23Attending the foundation laying ceremony of the Centre for Judicial Archives at Cuttack, CM Naveen Patnaik thanked Orissa High Court for this unique initiative. CM appreciated the efforts of Hon’ble Chief Justice Dr S. Muralidhar & team in realisation of this unique project.CM said an archive is not only a collection of the documentary heritage of a nation, but also collective memory of the institution, and a passive witness of its history. CM commended Orissa High Court for its initiative to preserve judicial history & promote judicial heritage.
Mentioning that the centre will be immensely beneficial to historians & legal luminaries, CM said access to scholars & public will stimulate academic activities. CM added research works & publication in academic journals will enhance awareness of Odisha’s judicial heritage.CM said Odisha Govt is always keen to support & strengthen the judicial and legal infrastructure in the State. CM also added that the State Govt has allotted land for the centre, and will continue to provide all kinds of support for any such initiative.He claimed that the centre will be immensely beneficial to historians, legal luminaries, scholars and common people.“The Odisha government is always keen to support and strengthen the judicial and legal infrastructure in the state. The state government has allotted a piece of land for the centre and it will continue to provide all kinds of support for such unique projects,” Patnaik said. The centre will be set up with an expenditure of Rs 34 crore. Old and rare legal documents will be preserved at the centre, sources said.
“Many legal documents of the pre-independence era would be collected and preserved at the centre. This apart, documents regarding the cases pleaded by eminent legal luminaries including Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das, Janakinath Bose (father of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose) and Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das will find a place at the centre,” said an official. The Centre for Judicial Archives will help preserve many valuable legal documents of Odisha, said Justice Muralidharan.