By- Neha Virmani
“In the name if democracy, we cross all lines, everything is pardoned”
-Justice Bela M. Trivedi
Justice Bela M. Trivedi first women judge from Gujarat who will taking oath as Judge of Supreme Court on 31st august, 2021 passed such remark while hearing a Suo-Moto covid PIL, where during the argument Advocate General Kamal Trivedi attempted to compare the situation of India with that of China by stating that “how being a communist country, could deal with such situation, while democratic country like India couldn’t.
Justice Bela will not only be first women Judge from Gujarat but she will also be one of the first and only Judge from Trial Courts who will be elevated to Supreme Court.
Reminiscing her service in judicial sector, she has served as Law Secretary of Gujarat for the duration from 2003-2006. Back in 2016 she was transferred to Gujarat HC, in 2017 she was elevated to the position of add. judge in Gujarat HC. And at present she will be swearing as Justice of Supreme Court of India on 31st August, 2021.
While going through some of her recent and notable decisions one can seek that Justice Bela, has a strong & Strict Point of view regarding public Interest as while reminding the state their duty to maintain order according covid guidelines she dismissed the plea of reducing fine for not wearing masks.
On the similar lines she dismissed the plea regarding the conduct of “Dokhmenashini” last rite ritual of Parsi community as it is dangerous for public health and morality.
Recently, the bench with Justice Bela, recently set aside the Show Cause Notice issued by add. Commissioner of Central Goods and service Tax, on the basis that such notice was issued without mandatory “pre-show cause notice”.
Justice Trivedi has often referred to Gandhian principles during hearings and also mentioned that these principles have helped her grow. She has also expressed her suggestions on conduct matters of court and is very strict about the ethics and etiquettes of court.
Justice Bela M. Trivedi will be elevated to the Supreme Court bench on 31st August,2021 and will have a term till June 10, 2025.