Is It Right To Impeach Gujarat HC Judge?

New Delhi: A distinguished Parsi judge of the Gujarat High Court, Justice J B Pardiwala made the following remarks in his recent judgement in Hardik Patel case on Reservations. Unfortunately our law makers are going to start impeachment proceedings against him for the following para in the judgment. Let’s see what he said

“If I am asked by any one to name two things, which has destroyed this country or rather, has not allowed the country, to progress in the right direction, then the same is, (i) Reservation and (ii) Corruption. It is very shameful for any citizen of this country to ask for reservation after 65 years of independence. When our Constitution was framed, it was understood that the reservation would remain for a period of 10 years, but unfortunately, it has continued even after 65 years of independence. The biggest threats, today, for the country is corruption. The countrymen should rise and fight against corruption at all levels, rather than shedding blood and indulging in violence for the reservation. The reservation has only played the role of an amoeboid monster sowing seeds of discord amongst the people. The importance of merit, in any society, cannot be understated.”

One has to wonder why is he going to be impeached by MPs (mostly Congress MPs) .

(The MPs who signed the petition include Anand Sharma, Digvijay Singh, Ashwani Kumar, P L Punia, Rajeev Shukla, Oscar Fernandes, Ambika Soni, B K Hariprasad (all Congress), D Raja (CPI), K N Balagopal (CPI-M), Sharad Yadav (JD-U), S C Misra and Narinder Kumar Kashyap (BSP), Tiruchi Siva (DMK) and D P Tripathi (NCP)).

Primepost does not agree with the views of the judge. It believes in having reservations for Dalit’s, tribals and other extremely weaker sections for some more years. But we would like to state that we strive protect the right of the judge to express his opinion. Politicians are at the game of polarising the society in caste and religious lines. No action is being taken against them. Why, then,  act against a judge who expressed his views honestly?

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