Gujarat High Court Justice J. B. Pardiwala Removes Remarks


December 19, 2015

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Justice Pardiwala removes reservation related remarks from his order

pardiwalaEven as the 58 Rajya Sabha members demanded impeachment of Gujarat High Court Judge Justice J B Pardiwala for his recent alleged objectionable remarks on reservation system in India, the beleaguered judge today removed the observation from his order.

Justice Pardiwala removed his observations from the record while hearing a petition of the state government demanding its deletion and correction of the order.

Justice Pardiwala while refusing to remove the sedition charges against Patel reservation quota stir leader Hardik Patel had in his recent order 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. The merit stands for a positive goal and when looked at instrumentally, stands for “rewarding those actions that are considered good”. Then, this instrumental nature of merit that should be given importance – emphasizing on and rewarding merit is a means towards achieving what is regarded as good in the society. The parody of the situation is that India must be the only country wherein some of the citizens crave to be called backward.’

These remarks have been removed.