Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Administrator
“In the name of democracy, we cross all lines, everything is pardoned”– Justice Bela M. Trivedi
Justice Bela M. Trivedi first women judge from Gujarat who will be taking oath as Judge of the Supreme Court on 31st August, 2021 passed such a 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 a democratic country like India couldn’t.
Justice Bela will be not only the first women Judge from Gujarat but also one of the first and only judges from Trial Courts who will be elevated to the Supreme Court.
Reminiscing her service in the judicial sector, she served as Law Secretary of Gujarat for the duration from 2003-2006. Back in 2016, she was transferred to Gujarat HC, and in 2017 she was elevated to the position of additional judge in Gujarat HC. And at present, she will be swearing as Justice of the Supreme Court of India on 31st August, 2021.
While going through some of her recent and notable decisions, one can see that Justice Bela has a strong & Strict Point of view regarding public Interest. While reminding the state of its duty to maintain order according to covid guidelines, she dismissed the plea of reducing the fine for not wearing masks.
On similar lines, she dismissed the plea regarding the conduct of “Dokhmenashini” the last rite ritual of the 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 the additional 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 etiquette of the 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.