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The development follows after the Gujarat High Court initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against Oza last month after he levelled certain allegations of corruption against the Court Registry.
The Gujarat High Court has withdrawn the senior designation from Yatin Oza, president of the Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association (GHCAA).
The development follows after the Gujarat High Court initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against Oza last month after he levelled certain allegations against the Court Registry.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, Oza confirmed that he had obtained the official communication today intimating that his senior advocate designation has been taken away. He declined to comment on whether he would be challenging the communication, adding that he would have to consult on the issue.
The Notification issued today by the High Court informs that the decision to review and recall the senior designation of Oza was taken by a Full Court in a meeting held on July 18.
On June 10, the High Court Bench of Justices Sonia Gokani and NV Anjaria stated that Oza had made the following, among other, accusations against the High Court and its Registry:
Corrupt practices are being adopted by the Registry of the High Court of Gujarat;
Undue favour is shown to high-profile industrialists and smugglers and traitors;
The High Court functioning is for influential and rich people and their advocates;
The billionaires walk away with orders from the High Court in two days whereas the poor and non-VIPs need to suffer;
If the litigants want to file any matter in the High Court, person has to be either Mr Khambhata or the builder or the company. This also was circulated in Gujarati daily Sandesh titled as ‘Gujarat High Court has become a gambling den - Yatin Oza’.
The Gujarat High Court had proceeded to opine that Oza had behaved in the most reckless manner in levelling false and contemptuous allegations of corruption, malpractices against the administration of the High Court.
Oza subsequently challenged the High Court order before the Supreme Court contending, inter alia, that the Gujarat High Court had “committed grave error in taking cognizance and issuing a notice without adherence to Rule 11 of the Contempt of Courts (Gujarat High Court) Rules, 1984 which requires that court can only record reason and then refer it to the Hon’ble Chief Justice for it being placed before the Bench having the said Roster.”
However, after the top Court orally expressed its disinclination to entertain the plea, Oza withdrew his petition before the Supreme Court.