“Yes, we have terminated the employees,” said Registrar General B N Karia. He said that the decision was taken by the committee (of five judges) and subsequently order of termination was passed.
The petitioner had also said that such a ban violates fundamental rights.
The two had been summoned by the investigating officer and after hours of questioning since Tuesday, they were arrested from the vigilance cell’s office on the high court premises.
On August 26 the police team came to the society, at that time the petitioners were standing outside their homes, but went inside after they saw the police team.
In September 2005, the chargesheet was issued against Sreekumar on nine charges.
The local body polls in 253 municipalities, 208 taluka panchayats, 26 district panchayats and six municipal corporations are expected to be held in October.
High Court issued show cause notices to class-III and Class-IV employees whose appointments were made “without using public advertisement” and didn’t follow selection procedure.
Amin said on Sunday statements of the petitioner and other relatives were recorded.
The recordings, both in audio and video format, revealed that the accused judges were found “negotiating” over phone in order to favour the lawyers.
It was hearing a plea filed by a city-based lawyer Virat Popat and his colleague Tirth Dave, who alleged that around 40 police personnel entered their housing society and started vandalising vehicles on August 25.
Justice Patel (59), who is from Junagadh district, was elevated as additional judge in the High Court in 2001 and was confirmed as permanent judge in 2004.
As the hearing began, Justice Upadhyay told the Bar that he had also applied for a plot, but later withdrew the application.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu also issued notices to the Gujarat government and Registrar of Cooperative Societies.
The judges, to whom notices have been sent, include eight sitting Gujarat High Court judges, Chief Justices of Bombay and Orissa High Courts and a sitting judge of Supreme Court.
The hearing was adjourned after petitioner Zakia Jafri’s lawyer MM Tirmizi sought time for submitting additional documents.