Judge to remove controversial paragraph from Hardik verdict

Judge to remove controversial paragraph from Hardik verdict

Gujarat High Court judge JB Pardiwala, whose impeachment was demanded by 58 Rajya Sabha MPs over his comments on reservation, agreed to the government’s plea to delete his observations.

According to Parliamentarians, Justice Pardiwala made objectionable remarks about the reservation system while delivering his verdict in the sedition case against Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) Convener Hardik Patel.

Claiming the judge’s observations to be “unconstitutional”, the Rajya Sabha MPs moved a petition with the House chairman to initiate impeachment proceedings against the judge.

“If I am asked by anyone the two things that destroyed this country or rather not allowed the country to progress in the right direction, they are reservation and corruption,” the judge observed during the hearing.

“It is shameful for any citizen 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. Unfortunately, it continued for 65 years,” the judge had observed.

He purportedly observed that reservation has played the role of an amoeboid monster sowing discord among people, noting that India “must be the only country wherein some of the citizens crave to be called backward.”

“The importance of merit in any society cannot be understated. Merit stands for a positive goal and when looked at instrumentally, stands for ‘rewarding those actions that are considered good’,” the judge had said.

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