Contempt plea in Supreme Court against Gujarat high court judges | Ahmedabad News

AHMEDABAD: In a seemingly audacious move, a petitioner from Yavatmal district in Maharashtra on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking contempt of court proceedings and criminal action against two judges of Gujarat high court — Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice Niral Mehta — who last week rejected a PIL against the Ahmedabad civic body’s decision restricting the entry of people unvaccinated for Covid on its premises, and for their appeal to citizens to get inoculated and even go for booster doses.
Rashid Khan Pathan’s ire has been provoked by an order by Justices Pardiwala and Mehta passed on Friday which turned down a PIL filed by five persons taking exception to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) circular issued on September 17, by which the municipal body had barred unvaccinated people on its premises, in a bid to nudge people to go for Covid vaccination.
The petitioners contended that the Centre has made it clear that vaccination is not mandatory.
The judges did not comment on whether vaccination should be mandatory or not, but had hailed the AMC’s campaign and appealed to citizens to go for vaccination. This did not go down well with Pathan who introduced himself as national secretary of an NGO, Human Rights Council. He filed a petition in the apex court demanding that Justices Pardiwala and Mehta be held in contempt of the Supreme Court for acting “in utter disregard, deliberate defiance and wilful contempt” of SC directions.
He also demanded criminal action against the judges for hatching a conspiracy “to give wrongful profit to vaccine companies” by upholding the AMC circular, which would cause loss and misappropriation of crores of rupees of public money. “The accused also violated fundamental rights of many citizens. The order is instigating the state authorities concerned to put the life of citizens in danger and there will even be deaths of common people, whose body( sic) is allergic to the vaccines,” the petitioner claimed.
Demanding a CBI investigation and that the justices be withdrawn from judicial work, Pathan also dragged in the government lawyers assistant solicitor general Devang Vyas and additional government pleader K M Antani, in his angry petition for allegedly abetting the conspiracy.

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