The Supreme Court has declined to entertain a plea filed by Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) president and senior advocate Yatin Oza challenging the criminal contempt notice issued to him by the Gujarat High Court.
While senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Arvind Datar appeared for Oza, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said, “We are not actually inclined to hear it. We feel it should go back to the Gujarat High Court”.
The apex court said Oza had only commented on the functioning of the registry and not on the judicial functions and the HC order was passed in anger. The SC bench, however, was not impressed to entertain the plea after which Singhvi sought to withdraw the petition, which the court allowed.
Meanwhile, in the contempt proceedings initiated by the Gujarat High Court, advocate Kruti Shah who is representing Oza has sought two weeks to file a reply to the court’s notice. Now, the matter is likely to be taken up for hearing on July 1.
Notably, the high court had issued the contempt notice against Oza on June 9 for his scathing attack on the high court administration of allegedly being “biased” and running a “gambling den that caters only to the litigants with means and money power”.
The court was miffed with the allegations made by Oza against the high court administration and judges. The senior advocate, during a press conference, had alleged that corrupt practices were adopted by the registry of the high court; undue favour was given to high-profile industrialists, smugglers and traitors; the high court functioning is for influential and rich people and their advocates; and billionaires walk away with orders from the high court in two days whereas the poor and non VIPs need to suffer.