Gujarat HC Moves Against Corruption, Inefficiency
TIMES NEWS NETWORK May21, 2009
Ahmedabad: In an unprecedented move, the Gujarat High Court removed 17 judges posted in various lower courts and the government, on grounds of irregularity and inefficiency.
Four of them are judges in various courts in Ahmedabad. All of them have been asked to take premature retirement. In a statement, issued on Wednesday, the HC said that these judges were given "premature retirement in public interest".
Registrar general of HC, PP Bhatt said that the judicial officers have been asked to quit their jobs not only on grounds of irregularities committed, but many of them were found inefficient. "We have incorporated Justice Shetty Commission's recommendations in our service rules, which has provisions to review performance of judges and judicial officers periodically when they attain the age of 50," he explained.
After holding reviews of overall performance of these judges, the high court administration found these officers inefficient and incompetent to discharge duty as judges. With a view to keep the judiciary pure and unpolluted as well as for efficient dispensation of justice, the chief justice recommended the state government to ask these 17 judicial officers to take premature retirement. Accordingly, the government has issued a notification in this regard, officials at the high court said.
The high court has during the last year suspended more than a dozen judges of lower judiciary on charges of irregularities. The high court commissioned inquiries by the vigilance department, based on complaints, and when they were found guilty they were suspended and a departmental inquiry initiated against them.
JUDGES FORCED TO RETIRE
JD Vyas , City civil judge, Ahmedabad
KM Bhut, Principal district judge,Narmada
AS Rana, City civil judge, Ahmedabad
KC Kella, Principal district judge, Porbandar
MS Shaikh, Additional district judge, Sabarkantha
KK Vaishya, Presiding officer, Fast track court, Amreli
PP Chaudhary, Presiding officer, Fast track court, Vadodara
MG Baraiya, Presiding officer, Fast track court, Veraval
AA Shaikh, Deputy secretary, Legal department
CS Gaur, Principal senior civil judge, Amreli
JS Vahia, Additional CJM, CBI court, Ahmedabad
NC Shukla, Principal senior civil Judge, Navsari
RK Sargani, Metropolitan magistrate, Ahmedabad
MR Gohil, CJM, Nadiad
RP Mehta, Principal senior civil judge, Valsad
NC Barot, Judge, Small causes court, Surat
KK Hathila, Additional senior civil judge, Vadodara
NGO to protest against pending consumer cases
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Ahmedabad: The consumers in the state are not being heard. This complaint comes from Consumer Protection and Action Committee (CPAC). The NGO working for consumer rights has expressed this in their memorandum to chief minister, announcing their protest drive 'Consumer Justice Agitation' on Wednesday.
CPAC has launched this protest on the basis of pending cases with 26 consumer forums in the states. Pending cases in the state total upto 22,013 last year. Highest number of cases pending are in Anand city, with Vadodara city (additional) coming second, followed by Vadodara city.
"The problem is worse in bigger cities, where there is some awareness among people about the concept of consumer protection. The reason that is most commonly given is the lack of staff. But the question is that till when will people suffer, because recruitment is not being done. There are several forums where the president or the members are missing," said the president of CPAC, Mukesh Parikh.
Most pending cases include those filed against doctors, hospitals, builders, insurance companies, tours and travel companies, banks, manufacturing companies, couriers and even angadias.