Published By: Pragati Pal
Last Updated: August 31, 2023, 23:31 IST
As legal professionals introduced a one-day strike in Jodhpur and initiated authorized motion in opposition to Ashok Gehlot over his comment suggesting “corruption” in the judiciary, the Rajasthan chief minister mentioned his assertion didn’t replicate his “personal opinion.”
The backtracking got here as a former Uttar Pradesh chief justice weighed in, a lawyer filed a plea in the Rajasthan High Court and one other despatched an software to the state’s Advocate General for consent to provoke contempt proceedings in opposition to Gehlot.
Offended legal professionals introduced a one-day strike on Friday throughout all courts in Jodhpur, the place the principle bench of the excessive court docket is situated. The BJP, the principle opposition in the state, additionally slammed the chief minister.
On Wednesday, Gehlot had prompt to reporters that some judges is perhaps studying out orders drafted by the legal professionals.
“Corruption is rampant in the judiciary today. I have heard that some lawyers themselves take the judgment in writing and the same judgment is pronounced.” But on Thursday, the CM said he has always respected the judiciary.
“What I said yesterday regarding corruption in the judiciary is not my personal opinion. I have always respected and believed in the judiciary,” he posted on social media platform X.
He said many retired Supreme Court judges and even retired Chief Justices have expressed concern on the issue.
Gehlot said he has so much faith in the judiciary that he hasn’t ever made any adverse remark on names sent by the high court collegium as part of the process to appoint new judges.
“I clearly believe that every citizen should respect and trust the judiciary. This will strengthen democracy,” he added.
The Rajasthan High Court Advocates Association and Rajasthan High Court Lawyers Association will participate in a one-day strike in Jodhpur.
Also in Jodhpur, former Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur said the CM’s comment was uncalled for. “It is not only irresponsible but objectionable too,” he said.
If Gehlot had any evidence he should have first discussed the matter with the chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court, he added.
Jaipur-based lawyer Shiv Charan Gupta filed a PIL in the high court asking it to take cognizance of the CM’s remarks as contempt of court.
Gupta sought an early hearing, but the bench of Justices Manindra Mohan Shrivatav and Praveer Bhatnagar refused to give priority to the plea.
Another lawyer, Devang Chaturvedi, sent a letter to Rajasthan Advocate General M S Singhvi seeking consent to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against Gehlot under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
Rajasthan BJP president C P Joshi told reporters that pointing fingers at the judicial process reflected Gehlot’s “frustration”.
“If you don’t have faith in anyone, then the people of Rajasthan also do not now have faith in you,” Joshi said, adding that it does not behove a CM to make such allegations.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)