A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court on has issued a show-cause notice to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on a PIL seeking suo moto criminal contempt proceedings against him. The PIL was filed by local advocate Shivcharan Gupta on Thursday following the chief minister’s remark suggesting “”corruption”” in the judiciary. A division bench headed by Justice M M Shrivastava and Justice Ashutosh Kumar heard the matter on Saturday and issued the notice to Gehlot, directing him to respond within three weeks. During an interview with reporters in Jaipur on Wednesday, Gehlot remarked, “”There appears to be widespread corruption in the judiciary today. I have heard allegations that some lawyers draft judgments themselves, which are then delivered verbatim.”” However, in the wake of criticism, the chief minister subsequently clarified that his earlier statement did not reflect his personal opinion. He emphasized his consistent respect for and trust in the judiciary. In protest against the chief minister’s comments, thousands of advocates in Jodhpur boycotted their work in both the high court and lower courts on Friday
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