Outgoing Acting Chief Justice (ACJ) of the Gujarat High Court Jayant Patel on Monday said that he would never forget his time at the High Court, particularly the past six as ACJ.
Thanking his colleagues, Justice Patel said that “whatever little he could do, he did with the help of bar and his brother and sister judges.” ACJ Patel has been transferred to the Karnataka High Court as a judge.
Addressing a farewell organised by the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association, he said “I would always cherish the cooperation the bar gave me, and I would also cherish the cooperation my brother and sister judges gave me for the betterment of the institution.”
He said he wished the “lawyers and judges maintain the high standards which Gujarat has seen. This is my expectation and I pray that God gives you enough strength to enhance and enrich the image of the institution in society and resultant fate of people in the system continues. If faith continues, then only the system has something for the society, (and) if faith is lost nothing remains, it will be only nyay building and not the temple of justice.”
Justice Patel took over as ACJ following the retirement of Justice VM Sahai in August last year.
Days before his superannuation, Justice Sahai had issued notices on a suo motu PIL in connection with land allotment to 27 sitting and retired judges of the High Court. The other controversial issue was related to the recruitment of 94 people by Justice Sahai using his constitutional power. Following his retirement, ACJ Patel ordered an inquiry by a committee of judges and it was found that the recruitments were illegal and contrary to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. All the employees, barring a few, were sacked.