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‘Anti-quota’ observations: Dalits honour 3 MPs, ex-minister for their stand against HC judge

A pamphlet for the function stated that though the observations made by Justice J B Pardiwala have been expunged, it caused damage to the society which could not be compensated.

Three MPs from Gujarat and a former Union minister, who took initiative to move an impeachment motion in Rajya Sabha against a Gujarat High Court judge for alleged anti-quota observations, were felicitated by a Dalit group here on Sunday.

BJP MPs Shambhuprasad Tundiya, Kirit Solanki, Congress MP Pravin Rashtrapal and former Union minister Yogendra Makwana were honoured by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Anamat Samarthan Samiti during a function held in Gita Mandir area.

A pamphlet for the function stated that though the observations made by Justice J B Pardiwala have been expunged, it caused damage to the society which could not be compensated.

Such observations, it added, could make the future of those getting reservation benefits bleak and strengthen the campaign to remove reservation.

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Justice Pardiwala, in one of his judgments delivered in December last year, had made alleged anti-reservation observations, while deciding a petition moved by Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel.

Following the judgment, 58 MPs from Rajya Sabha had moved a petition before the House chairman, seeking to initiate impeachment motion against Justice Pardiwala.

The controversial observations were later expunged by the High Court bench presided over by Justice Pardiwala, while acting on a Speaking to Minutes application moved by the Gujarat Government. The court expunged the observations and termed those as not “necessary” or “relevant” to decide Hardik’s petition.

First published on: 11-01-2016 at 03:02:13 am
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