Senior Advocate Yatin Oza has withdrawn his resignation as the President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association, after several members of the Bar earnestly requested him to do so.
Oza had resigned from his office following differences among the Office bearers of the Association regarding re-opening of the courts for physical hearing.
He had tendered his resignation to General Secretary Hardik Brahmbhatt and had sought a fresh mandate of the Bar on the issue "whether the court should function physical or virtual'.
Following Differences Over Re-opening Of Courts For Physical Appearance, GHCAA President Yatin Oza Resigns; Seeks Fresh Mandate
In the backdrop of this episode, the Managing Committee of the GHCAA convened an extraordinary urgent meeting at 10 pm on Tuesday, June 2, whereby the Committee unanimously rejected the resignation. The Committee also passed a resolution, requesting Mr. Oza to withdraw his letter of resignation.
Obliging to the wishes of the Committee, as well as several Bar members who urged him to not demit the office, Mr. Oza withdrew his resignation and circulated a message stating,
In view of the fact that I felt helpless in resolving the issue of junior Advocates, who are in dire state, I sent my letter of resignation.
In view of overwhelming phone calls and messages from Seniors and Juniors alike, 25 of whom have threatened to go on indefinite hunger strike, I hereby withdraw my resignation letter, as I am left with no option, but to accept the requests of all Bar members. I have always stood by them and will stand and fight for their rights till the end.
I will immediately take up all the issues again with the concerned authorities and try and resolve the issues as early, as possible Including physical functioning of all courts in state of Gujarat.
Oza has been elected to hold the office of the President of the GHCAA for as many as 17 times. He had tendered his resignation yesterday after General Secretary of the Association, Prithviraj Jadeja, wrecked his attempt to convince a Chief Justice led panel to re-open courts for physical hearings. He expressed his regret for having "failed to wipe out their miseries" and withdrew from the office.
Significantly, as per the Constitution of the GHCAA, resignation does not require any formal approval. It becomes effective immediately once it is received by the recipients competent to accept, which as per the Constitution is the Secretary General or the Vice President.