HC justice Jayant Patel tenders his resignation


Karnataka High Court judge Justice Jayant Patel, who had ordered for CBI enquiry in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, has tendered his resignation. Although he has not cited any reasons.

As per the Karnataka High court Registrar General “Justice Jayant Patel had sent his resignation to Karnataka Chief Justice S K Mukherjee, who is retiring from the current post on October 9. His resignation has been faxed to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra.

It is being said that the judge was reportedly unhappy that he was not made the chief justice of any court despite his seniority. The resignation comes days after he was transferred to Allahabad High court. He was supposed to get retire by August 3, 2018.

Patel, who was the acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, was shifted to the Karnataka High Court in February 2016.

He was in the limelight after he ordered a CBI probe into the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.

It would be pertinent to mention here that as a senior judge of the Gujarat High court, justice Patel had ordered CBI probe in ishrat Jahan fake encounter case and monitored the case for more than six months. In which CBI had filed charge sheet against the top officials of intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Gujarat Police too. In Karnataka high court he was due to elevation as chief justice or acting chief justice but was transferred to Allahabad high court as third senior most judge.


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