Gujarat lawyer Oza's case off to Nov 5

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/14/2020 10:11:53 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 13: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned to November 5 the writ petition of Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association president YatinOza, challenging his conviction by the Gujarat High Court last week for the criminal contempt of court.
The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Dinesh Maheshwari allowed the adjournment on Oza reframing the petition on account of the High Court on October 7 sentencing him to punishment till the rising of the court and a penalty of Rs 2,000 or two months of jail in case of the payment default.
The High Court had initiated suo moto contempt proceedings against Oza, one of the seniormost lawyers, for his disparaging remarks against thee High Court, calling its registry a "gambling den." It took cognizance of a live press conference by Oza in June, in which he said: "The High Court is an absolute gambling den today, wherein only billionaires can gamble. If poor people gamble for five rupees at home, the police would arrest them. This is the situation of the High Court. High Court can file a contempt petition against me.”
During the contempt proceedings, Oza tendered an unconditional apology, which was rejected by the Court, holding that the court is open to healthy criticism but at the same time, it could not allow any attempt to tarnish its image and prestige.
On his lawyer's plea, the High Court had stayed its order for the statutory appeal period of 60 days so that Oza can file an appeal against the order under Section 19 of the Contempt of Court Act.
Oza had rushed to the Apex Court and told it in August that he had made no disparaging remarks against any High Court judge as such, but his contention was about the High Court's registry which does not amount to any contempt.



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