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GHCAA's Move to Conduct Own Poll in Disregard of Poll-Process Initiated by Court: PIL In Gujarat HC [READ PETITION]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jun 2020 8:16pm

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A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed before the Gujarat High Court on June 06, 2020, by advocate Amit Manibhai Panchal, after President of Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) Yatinbhai N. Oza had decided to run a poll eliciting views on the physical functioning of courts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The petition points out that GHCAA's move of conducting the online poll using a Google Form (which was circulated via a WhatsApp message in official groups of GHCAA) came hours after the Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath along with Justices RM Chhaya and JB Pardiwala told the office bearers of GHCAA, "...that a questionnaire would be brought out from the Court’s side in order to know the opinion of the members of the Bar on whether the Court could function normally or through virtual hearings". Thereby President has tried to make a case for opening up of the physical court while circumventing the process that had been initiated by the Honourable High Court itself. The Petitioner also says that the Questionnaire that was issued by the Honourable Court was to be submitted by June 02, 2020, however, in utter disregard of the process initiated by the Court, the President has sought to conduct its own poll using the medium of a Google Form.

The Petitioner also submitted that even before the time for responding to the Honourable High Court’s Questionnaire was complete, the President had written to the Honourable Chief Justice stating that as per the poll conducted by it, 64% of the members of the association had expressed… Continue Reading...

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