Monday, September 5, 2011

Justice Vora was CM's Choice for Lokayukta

Who is retired Justice J R Vora?
» Judge, High Court of Gujarat. » Born on 9.1.1948 in the family of judges and lawyers. » Enrolled as a member of Bar on 17.8.1973. » Served as Law Officer of Kandla Port Trust from 1976 to 1980. » Rejoined the Bar in 1980 and selected in the Cadre of District Judge directly in 1988, and Appointed as Assistant Judge on 31.8.1988, Promoted as Joint District Judge on 27.4.1989 and thereafter as District and Sessions Judge on 24.8.1990. » Elevated to the Bench of the High Court of Gujarat as an additional judge on 11.12.1997 and confirmed as permanent judge on 6.9.1999. Retired on 9.1.2010. » His outstanding verdicts in a division bench include an important judgement where he upheld a trial court's verdict of acquittal of all those involved in the Best Bakery case of 2002 Gujarat riots and another judgement includes his striking down of reinvestigation demand by Vitthal Pandya in his son Haren Pandya's murder case.

Gujarat EDN (AM)

Chief Minister Narendra Modi wrote to Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya twice telling him he did not approve of justices S D Dave or R A Mehta; the CM asked the CJ to consider Justice Vora's name for lokayukta


Even as the BJP stalled both houses of Parliament demanding recall of Gujarat governor for appointing a lokayukta without "the aid and advice of the chief minister and his council of ministers", it is learnt the appointment of lokayukta was delayed not because of the governor, chief justice of high court or 'non-cooperation' of the leader of the opposition, but because Chief Minister Narendra Modi wanted a particular person appointed as the lokayukta.

"Chief Minister Modi was very keen to have a specific person appointed as lokayukta. A lokayukta is supposed to probe the chief minister and his council of ministers for corruption and wrongdoings. Though in the past, during the BJP rule, the then chief minister Keshubhai Patel never insisted on a man of his choice for the post, this time Modi was very clear that he wanted a particular retired judge for the post," a top government official told Mirror.

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