Orissa HC asks govt to file affidavit on farmers suicide
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Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2010, 00:32
Cuttack: Expressing displeasure over the non-submission of affidavit in response to a PIL over farmers suicide in the state, the High Court today asked the Orissa government to file its counter affidavit tomorrow.

The bench of acting Chief Justice I M Quddusi and Justice Sanju Panda adjourned the hearing of the case till tomorrow.

The Balangir Zilla Krushak Mahasangha had petitioned the HC seeking a direction for an impartial investigation into the incidents of farmers suicides in the state.

On being asked by the court, the Mahasangha had recently submitted a list of marginalised farmers who are burdened with loans from financial institutions.

Claiming that at least 40 farmers in the state have committed suicide in the recent past due to acute poverty and most of the small farmers are in misery even after taking loans, they had urged the HC to direct banks to stop realisation of loan dues from farmers and put a check on rising incidents of farmers suicide.

The court, after taking cognisance of the petition, had issued notices to the state government, collectors of all the districts, State Human Rights Commission and CBI to file affidavits in response to the petition.


First Published: Friday, February 19, 2010, 00:32

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