Chief Justice, Orissa High Court

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Biraja Prasanna Satapathy

Born on 20th August 1966 to late Bhagaban Satapathy, a renowned freedom fighter & academician and Pravabati Satapathy, Justice Biraja Prasanna Satapathy had his primary & secondary education in Tirtol. He passed the HSC Exam in 1981, and thereafter, completed I.Com, B.Com (Hons), and M.Com from the prestigious Ravenshaw College (now Ravenshaw University), Cuttack. Subsequently, he acquired LL.B from M.S. Law College, Cuttack in 1991, and enrolled to practise law in Odisha State Bar Council in the year 1993.

He started his practice in the chamber of Late Dr. Ashok Kumar Mohapatra, Senior Advocate, and had the opportunity to deal with matters in all branches of law. He started his independent practice in 1997 in Orissa High Court, Orissa Administrative Tribunal (OAT) and other subordinate courts and tribunals. Like his senior, he dealt with matters in almost every branch, with particular specialization in Service & Civil Law related matters. He has always been a petitioner's counsel, fighting for the poor & needy litigants from far-flung areas.

He has notably dealt with Service matters of Odisha Non-Gazetted Forest Service Association, All Odisha Water Resources Work-charged Employees Association, and All Odisha CARD Bank Employees Association. Besides doing cases of the Associations, he was dealing with almost all service cases of the employees affiliated to these Associations. He was also dealing with service-related cases of the employees of different Service Co-operative Societies of the state. Because of his expertise in dealing with service matters, he was roped in as a panel counsel by the Sambalpur University as well as the Cuttack Central Co-operative Bank Ltd. Apart from his legal duties, he also functioned as the Secretary of the OAT Bar Association, Cuttack Bench from August 2015 to February 2019. He is an avid philatelist with a collection of over 500 stamps from India and abroad. Prior to his elevation to the Bench, he was having a roaring practice. He was sworn in as a Judge of the Orissa High Court on 14th February, 2022.