A division bench of Gujarat High Court held Advocate Yatin Oza guilty of contempt of court in a suo motu contempt proceedings initiated by the High Court against him. The bench is comprises of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice N.V. Anjaria pronounced the verdict in the criminal contempt case suo moto initiated by the High Court. In June 2020, the court had initiated the contempt proceedings against Mr. Oza, the President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Associations because he had made public allegations of maladministration of justice within the HC.
· The honorable court held the advocate guilty of criminal contempt of the court and noted that Mr. Oza had targeted the HC Registry and had questioned the credibility of High Court Administration while raising questions on baseless grounds.
· After the HC initiated the contempt proceedings, Mr Oza had approached the Supreme Court, which refused to entertain his plea and directed him to approach the High Court. He had submitted in the SC that he was offering "unconditional apology" for his remarks against the HC. He also offered unconditional apology to the HC but court refused to accept the apology and taken his “ senior advocate “ back.
· The court observed that Oza had “levelled false and contemptuous allegations of corruption, malpractices against the administration of the High Court”. Oza alleged the court registry of indulging in “favouritism, nepotism and forum shopping”.