As the high court commenced regular functioning after the Diwali vacation, a two-minute silence was observed for the victims of the bridge tragedy. After that, the bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri told advocate general Kamal Trivedi, who was present in the courtroom, that the court has taken suo motu cognizance of the tragedy. “But for the vacation, we would have sat on the very same day. It is very disheartening that we are starting the New Year with this, but we want some action on your end,” the CJ said. To this, the advocate general submitted that the government has taken a couple of steps and he would highlight them in his submissions.
TheHC took cognizance of a TOI report published the day after the collapse. “…and one of us (Hon’ble The Chief Justice) had directed the registry to register the news report as a PIL 3which reflected the untimely death of 134 persons due to break down of suspension bridge of Morbi and on account of Courts’ having been closed due to ‘Diwali Vacation’, telephonic instructions were issued to the Registrar Judicial to treat the said article as suo moto PIL by registering it accordingly,” the court order reads.