Cuttack: The Odisha high court lawyers intensified their strike by resorting to an indefinite relay hunger strike from Tuesday demanding filling up of vacant posts of judges.

The Bar Association president, Srikant Kumar Nayak,  executive members and other members sat on a hunger strike in front of the Association office here from 10.30 am to 5 pm.

“As decided by the Association yesterday, no fresh case was filed in the Court on the day and the clients were requested not to appear before the benches to argue their own cases,” said Association Secretary Satyabrata Mohanty.

Mohanty said over 40 per cent of the sanctioned posts of judges are now lying vacant in the high court. According to him,  16 judges were now functioning against a sanctioned strength of 27, while two judges would retire in the next four months.

The lawyers are on strike since February 12, demanding filling up of the vacant judge posts. According to them due to insufficient judges in the high court, the number of pending cases are mounting.