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I quit Gujarat judiciary because govt. wanted me to act against minority: Former judge

04 Aug 2015 04:08 PM, IST

I quit Gujarat judiciary because govt. wanted me to act against minority: Former judge
Himanshu Trivedi, former judge of Gujarat (Photo from his facebook)

By IndiaTomorrow.net,


Ahmedabad, 04 Aug 2015: Amidst alleged threats to judge Ms Jyotsna Yagnik who had convicted Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi and others for their involvement in the Gujarat 2002 riots, a former judge has now come forward and claimed that he and other judges were tried to be pressurized by the state government (then ruled by Narendra Modi as chief minister) to act against the minority community following the riots.


Himanshu Trivedi, now settled and practicing in New Zealand, was a district cadre judge in Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court in 2002 when the riots took place in different parts of the state following the Godhra train carnage.


In a Facebook post three days ago, Trivedi, a former colleague of Justice Yagnik, wrote that the Gujarat government wanted the judges and judiciary to act against the minority community and he resigned because he was sworn to the Constitution of India.


While appreciating the work of rights activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been fighting for justice for the victims of Gujarat riots since 2002, Trivedi wrote on his Facebook page on 1st Aug 2015:

"Teesta Setalvad. Hats off. I have always admired you and your courage and outspokenness on these issues. I also take this opportunity to state that I am indeed pained (and I am the one who had QUIT Gujarat's Judiciary (I was a district cadre judge in Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court - once a colleague of the bravest judge Ms Jyotsna Yagnik) ... because they (the State of Gujarat) wanted us (the judges and the judiciary) of Gujarat to be acting against minority community (albeit with no written orders but DEFINITELY communicated loud and clear messages to us). I could not be part of it as I was sworn to Constitution of India and not to the butchers..."



 screenshot of facebook post of Himanshu Trivedi


Trivedi posted his comment while sharing a video talk of Teesta Setalvad which was uploaded on 2nd Aug 2013. The topic of her talk was Civil Society and Current Challenges to a United India.


Trivedi's facebook profile describes him as Solicitor and Barrister at Philip Lee Law Limited. He worked at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in an earlier stint. Trivedi, who studied law of contract at AUT University, now lives in Auckland, New Zealand.


Meanwhile, back home, Teesta Setalvad is facing a criminal case from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The federal agency last month raided her home and office in Mumbai a week after booking her and her husband Javed Anand for allegedly illegally receiving funds from abroad through their company Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt. Ltd. However, Teesta has denied charges and levelled them as vendetta by the BJP government.


CBI has started probe on the request of the Gujarat government.


Since the Gujarat riot 2002, Teesta has been fighting for justice for the riot victims. In the post-Godhra train carnage riot, around 2000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the state then ruled by Narendra Modi as chief minister. In the train carnage, around 60 Hindu karsevaks were killed while returning from Ayodhya.

Keywords : Himanshu Trivedi ,   Gujarat riots ,   Narendra Modi ,   Jyotsna Yagnik ,   Maya Kodnani ,   Babu Bajrangi ,   Teesta Setalvad  

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06 September 2019 06:55 PM
This is true but some bhakt trust. Sir your grate job sir...true man alive on the earth so that Allah running the world. Salute sir


31 July 2019 10:18 PM
We salute to Himanshu and company to reveal the truth. It is a Black Mark onon the Ruling Party in Gujarat.

Indrajeet Bhosake

30 April 2019 10:44 PM

B.A. Quazi

26 April 2019 10:11 AM
I salute you this country is missing personality like u

Sharadkumar Hivarde

25 April 2019 05:49 PM
Mr.Himanshu Trivedi is a coward,he is telling this truth after 17 years. At the time of election.....ok, what about the 60 peoples who burn alive in Sabarmati exp. And what about the 3.5 lakh kashmiri pandits and what about the 84 sikh riots, what about the issues of West Bengal's Hindus now adays, what Mamta is doing recently, what about the stone pelters in kasmir, what about the Kanaihya kumar, what about the Mehbooba mufti, what about Farooque abdullah. All are shameless. What to say and what not to say, all are khangressis. Shame on you.



05 September 2019 09:55 PM
Whataboutery at its best. Godhra carnage was an inside job.



28 April 2019 10:31 PM
Mr terrorist, you shud know that Godhra incident was a preplanned killing of your own men by your RSS and BJP to blame muslims and carry out worlds dastardly terrorist attack by you terrorists. Judge Himanshu and Teesta are brave people, not coward like you who terrorise poor, innocent muslims

Hammed Ahmed

24 April 2019 09:48 PM
Every Indian was knowing the crime the culprit peoples woh were supporting this all.Anyways My Salute to u Sir.

Chandoo Charkheil

24 April 2019 12:56 AM
While the views expressed by Mr Vijay S Lahute & Mr Malla deserves due recognition , no one denies the inappropiacy of their timing of expression of ex -judicial authority (now an NRI)! As they say


18 April 2019 10:27 PM
While Killing is not acceptable, why is it that nobody commented on burning alive of those 60+ people in the train. Weren't they human. I didn't see a single comment from everyone here who commented on Mr.Trivedi's remark. Why shouldn't this be remembered as Sabarmati Express Carnage. I would really appreciate all those who have commented on Mr.Trivedi's remark to please give your special comment on KILLING OF KASHMIRI PANDIT - OR IS IT THAT THEY WERE NOT HUMAN.??? ASK ANY FAMILY WHO WERE UPROOTED FROM THEIR BIRTH PLACE AT THE TIME OF PARTITION ??



24 April 2019 02:16 PM
Killing of 60 people in sabarmati express was a grave sin and god will definetly punish the culprits and murderers. But if we talk about the riots killing of 2000 people is like taking revenge against the minorities and making jungle raaj all over the state. We should have waited for justice so that the culprits of train carnage can be booked and hanged till death. If this continues more the whole country will become like jungle raaj


16 April 2019 09:05 PM
Hats off to you Mr Himanshu, Ms Jyotsna Yagnik, Ms Teesta Setalvad, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ms Arundhati Roy, Ms Rana Ayyub. You are the people who showed courage, consistency and disclosed the truth about 2002 Gujrat massacre. The truth shall prevail.


Rajiv Kumar

28 April 2019 11:08 AM
Hindus have been subject to killing, rape, assault from fanatic Islam since centuries. Now Hindus should try to emulate Israeli Jews otherwise black hole of fanatic Islam will swallow it. Recent assault by fanatic Islam in Sri Lanka exposes the cult of Islam. Hindus need to be alert and aware of it.

MZ Khan

16 April 2019 03:03 PM
Sir, everyone knows the fact, but it


14 April 2019 11:50 AM
Since a student of history, I am much worried about the fate of gen_next. Today's history is not only recorded but videographed. Injustice at any place is injustice everywhere. Let us provide justice to all ,wherever injustice is caused. Or else , living in constant fear may bring hundreds of diseases ,diabetes & hypertension may become epidemics. Alas! Bilgipeer.SS.

Amir Talukdar

13 April 2019 04:26 PM
Bravo! We need more people like you to speakbup the truth. I know fearing the situation you spoke late but better late than never. Now waiting for other sane citizens to wake up.


13 April 2019 12:07 PM
Everybody will face the the "Paramatma" as per their KARMA. He may be hindu, Muslim or anyother religion. Advani has been betrayed by his nearest man whom he saved from dethroning instruction by AVB then PM.Only Advaniji can open the pandoras box

Vijay Shamrao Lahute

13 April 2019 11:04 AM
If you face problem in your service during 2002 why you didn't shout immediately in same year or at list during subsequent 2 to 3 years. You woke up in the year 2015 and again in the year 2019 when there are Elections. It creates doubt about your chastity and honesty. Why you are crying and shouting from abroad? It also creates doubt. Further, if you are true and honest, towards Constitution of India, why you ran away to abroad? Furthermore,if you really dislike Government of Gujarat, why your are enjoying Govt. Pension, waive it. All things shows that you are money and earning oriented ordinary man. Whatever gossips made by you are purely GOSSIPS.



20 April 2019 11:54 AM
boy entire Gujrat has been recreated as a drn anti minority in the mindsets of each majority citizen's - by the time they will realize it'll be too late & every human being wants his own and his family safety the man has told the truth because he is safe than these two namo&shah goons - just wait and see thr fates of death - bhagwan or Ghar der hai andher nahi !



19 April 2019 09:38 PM
Good reply


P K Mohanty

13 April 2019 11:58 AM
Truth prevails irrespective of time passed GOD will punish the culprit & i have no doubt & it will be at the right time.


19 August 2017 02:33 PM
The channels like TIMES NOW doesn't have time to debate on this. And they are saying that they are the best and watched by 45% Indians


17 August 2017 10:13 PM
We salute you for bringing true facts before all indians the butchers what you have mentioned are belongs to godse party.

Gh Qadir Khan

18 November 2016 04:31 PM
salute u sir for speaking truth....but y u remained silent for a long time and y u now in abroad. ..we need people like u in India


Maharajkrishen Malla

14 August 2017 05:53 PM
It sounds good to eats that there r still people in india who r conscious n Nationalist... It would have been better if someone could expose the administration as well as judiciary of J&k as regards massacres n vandalism commited against Kashmiri Pandits... A murderer owning to have killed 44 or kps on TV channel isn't prosecuted till date... what an Irony

Omar Hamza

18 November 2016 08:05 AM
You are a rare and rarest human.... i salute you not becoz you are towards minority but your courage towards justice ignoring the facist pressure... God bless you and your family for happiest peaceful long life..


Saiyad Asif

17 April 2019 08:38 PM
Amin I agree with you

Prathiba Sundaram

06 August 2016 06:37 PM
I salute you Sir Himanshu Trivedi for your open declaration.

Hussain Malim

05 August 2016 03:04 PM
Sir Hats's of to you for hearing the voice of your conscious, may god reward you for the same in this world & thereafter,At the same time you should have naked this people i feel still you can. Till such people like you in our country exist there is Hope jai Hind

Adv Vijay Khadse

05 August 2016 07:40 AM
Yes sir, you seems to be very cautious towards monority dont waste here a moment and straight go Syria or Afganistan there is need of judges like you, Very thankful of you for leaving this country



16 November 2016 11:29 PM
Shut up u bloddy fanatic; communal bad tard.



04 September 2016 12:44 PM
sir dont hate indian muslims nor compare with other country be loving advocate 1 day everyone has to die

Janak Makwana

08 August 2015 12:15 AM
Sir,this country is really missing personality like you who can think on judicious line and with the humanitarian view.We really feel very sorry about the state of affairs prevailing in the country.Any way thank u very much for expressing yourself though late....


07 August 2015 09:24 PM
After reading this. All suspicions of conspiracy behind Yaqub Memon's conviction and hanging seems to be true. Also the judges involved in passing judgment should have been brave as this judge.



14 November 2015 11:29 AM
True It Is.... Judges should be free and brave like Himanshu Triwedi....

R C Nautiyal

06 August 2015 10:39 PM
Hats off to you for taking bold decision of quitting judicial service, sharing your experience and supporting Testa.

Salim Choudhri

05 August 2015 10:37 PM
I salute u and teesta, cuz humanity is surviving b,cuz of ppl like u .



19 November 2016 06:51 PM
Hats off to you & Teesta


05 August 2015 10:09 PM
What democracy we have

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