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Limca Book of Records Honors Oriya Lawyer

A lawyer from Bhadrak district of Orissa who is now practicing in Supreme the Court has entered into this year’s edition of the Limca Book of Records for filing the maximum number of cases on a single day.

Radhakanta Tripathy filed 703 petitions with two national commissions on November 17, 2009. This included 409 petitions with the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) and 294 petitions with the National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC). The petitions pertained to the forceful eviction of over 20,000 families from the site of the Salandi-Nalia irrigation project.

Nalia is a tributary of Salandi river. The Rs 100-crore project was sanctioned for renovation of the irrigation project which included expansion of the river bed and canals. The renovation work was implemented in 2008 and but is still continuing. Scores of families were displaced and trees felled during the work.

Tripathy says both the commissions took cognizance of the petitions and initiated action for the greater relief of the aggrieved people. “I come from a village. I understand the pain of the people when their lands are acquired and they are displaced. Hence, I took the initiative hoping my effort would bring some relief to the people. The displacement of people and the felling of trees are human destruction in the name of development,” said Tripathy.

The Limca Book of Records honored him with a certificate for his commendable work.