Justice Bhagwati Prasad of Gujarat High Court on Tuesday asked the Registry of the High Court if it was not obeying the administrative orders of his court because he hails from Rajasthan. Justice Prasads comments came during the hearing of a contempt notice issued by the Division Bench comprising Justices Bhagwati Prasad and J C Upadhyay against the Registrar General (RG) of the High Court. The contempt notice was issued against the RG on Monday for regularly putting up faulty paper-books of various cases,which are not in accordance with the rules of the High Court. The Court had felt that this was despite its repeated instructions to the registry.
On Tuesday,Registrar General P P Bhatt appeared in person before the Division Bench. The state Advocate General tried to explain reasons for the faulty paper-books being placed before the court. But Justice Prasad observed that this has been happening over the past one month and asked the AG if the registry was taking him for granted by not taking his courts instructions because he was from Rajasthan and might go away in a few years.
Whatever work I do is in the interest of the people of Gujarat. I am not going to take this institution to Rajasthan, Justice Prasad said. I have a complete sense of resignation. If you want me to work,Ill work. If you do not want me to work,I will not. I will work if the registry wants me to work,and I will not work if the registry doesnt want me to work. I will be happy to have my peace of mind in my chamber.
The AG,appearing on behalf of the RG,urged the court not to carry an impression of discrimination against him by the registry,assuring that the issue of mistakes in the paper-books would be sorted out shortly. The AG told the court that departmental steps will be taken against responsible officials in this regard. Following the AGs assurance,the court discharged the contempt notice.