In a late-night drama on Tuesday, the managing committee of the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) held a meeting over WhatsApp and unanimously rejected the resignation of its president Yatin Oza. The committee also passed a resolution requesting Oza to withdraw the resignation, which was accepted by the senior advocate.
Oza, in his response to the managing committee’s decision, said: “In view of overwhelming phone calls and messages from seniors and juniors alike, 25 of whom have threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike, I hereby withdraw my resignation as I am left with no option but to accept the requests of the bar members”.
He also said: “I will immediately take up all the issues again with the concerned authorities and try and resolve the issues as early as possible including physical functioning of all courts in the state of Gujarat”.
Oza had resigned from his post on Tuesday. In a letter to the secretary of the association, he said he was resigning over differences among office-bearers about the re-opening of courts for physical hearing.
He referred to a referendum held by the GHCAA to decide whether members wished for the court to start functioning physically. Of the 800 members who voted, 64% were in favour of courts functioning physically while 36% wanted a virtual hearing. Oza said the association as a result also requested the chief justice to re-open the courts.
He, however, accused vice-president Prithviraj Jadeja of acting against the mandate when the office bearers of the association were called for a discussion by the bench.
Oza in his letter said that it was only because of Jadeja, who opposed the opening of the court, that he could not convince the bench on the same. He had said he was tendering his resignation due to this as it was not right to change a referendum.