MV Lawyers Association, Cuttack
The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal -cum- State Appellate Tribunal, Cuttack was functioning in a rented building at Jhanjirmangala, Cuttack which was inconvenient for the litigant public as well as for the lawyers practicing in this branch of law due to non-availability of sufficient accommodation and parking place etc. Hence demand was raised by the lawyers practicing in this branch of law for shifting of Tribunal to a suitable place preferably to a Govt. building which remained unheard by the authority concerned. Similarly the lawyers who were attending before the Court of W.C. Commissioner at Old Secretariat, Cantonment Road, Cuttack also were facing so many difficulties. Therefore formation of an association of the lawyers practicing in M.A.C.T, W.C, & S.T.A.T was felt necessary..
Mr. Ashok Kumar Bhuyan, the then young lawyer along with Mr. Anirudha Nayak, Mr. Biswambar Beura, Mr. Jyotindriya Mohanty Mr. Satyanarayan Satpathy Mr. Sriharsa Khuntia & Mr. Jyoti Ranjan Mohanty, initially and informally talked to the leading & Senior lawyers of this branch namely Dr. Tahali Charan Mohanty, Mr.Hemant Sarangi, Mr. Mahitosh Sinha, Mr. Surendranath Mohanty, Mr.Biranchi Mohanty, Late Ajay Kumar Mohanty, Late Puranjan Ray, Late Sarat Kumar Mohanty, Late Basanta Kumar Mishra and Mr.Nityananda Prusty, who subsequently became a Judge of Hon’ble High Court of Orissa for formation of an Association. That is why several meetings followed by picnic and feast were called for at different places such as Jagatpur Irrigation InspectionBungalow, Nuapatna R & B Inspection Bungalow and Sagar Hotel, Dolamundai. It was unanimously decided at Sagar Hotel to form an Association of lawyers practicing in this branch of law and a committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Mr. Narendra Kumar Mishra to prepare the By-Law of the Association. Subsequently the Association was formed with Late Ajaya Kumar Mohanty as its President, Dr. Tahali Charan Mohanty as its Vice- President and Mr. Debabrata Das as its Secretary who represent Insurance side, Claimant’s side & Transport side respectively and other office bearers were also nominated. Mr. Ashok Kumar Bhuyan who initiated the formation of Association did not accept any post of office bearer of the Association but sincerely looked after the organization & prepared all the papers for Registration of the Association along with Mr. Anirudha Nayak, the then Joint Secretary and accordingly the Association was registered by Government vide Regd. No.11459 / 858 / 92-93.With the efforts and demands of the newly constituted Association “The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal cum- State Appellate Tribunal, Cuttack” was shifted from Jhanjirimangala to another rented building at Sector-6, CDA, Cuttack. Similarly the Association through agitation succeeded to postpone the proposal of the Government to shift the then Office of D.L.C.-Cum-W.C. Commissioner from Old Secretariat campus to a far distance place at Nuapada.