Cuttack Bureau

It is an interim order. But in it, people of Orissa find their stand substantiated.

The Orissa High Court has asked Union Government to refrain from establishing Indian Institute of Science for Education & Research (IISER) at Kolkata, acting on the PIL in hearing of which the Union as well as the State Governments are yet to participate.

It was decided in 2003 that a National Institute of Science should be established at Bhubaneswar, which was the number one choice amongst four such places listed in the plan, placed before the Parliamentary Consultative Committee and thus approved by the Parliament. But surreptitiously, behind back of the Parliament, with an eye on fetching electoral support in West Bengal in the Assembly election to be held a few months later, the Prime Minister ordered for its shift to Kolkata under the cover of a new name, i.e. IISER.

The Orissa High Court summoned the Central as well as the State Governments to put forth their versions with documents. But the response was not becoming of responsible Governments.

Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Sujit Burmon Roy and Justice M.M.Das today heard the case and issued the interim order prohibiting establishment of IISER at Kolkata till the final decision on the PIL.

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