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Congress questions ‘sudden’ transfer of Delhi High Court judge

The Congress on Thursday hit out at the government over the transfer of Delhi High Court Judge S Muralidhar, alleging that the Modi dispensation was waging a battle of revenge against the judiciary.

Muralidhar was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on a day when a bench headed by him expressed “anguish” over Delhi Police’s failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by BJP leaders Parvesh Verma, Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur.

 

Taking a dig at the government over Muralidhar’s “sudden” transfer, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn’t transferred.”

Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of Gujarat, died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

Upping the ante against the Modi government, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the Centre’s attempts to “muzzle” justice and “break people’s faith in an upright judiciary are deplorable”.

“The midnight transfer of Justice Muralidhar isn’t shocking given the current dispensation, but it is certainly sad & shameful,” Priyanka tweeted.

“Millions of Indians have faith in a resilient & upright judiciary, the government’s attempts to muzzle justice & break their faith are deplorable,” she added.

Calling the transfer a classic “hit-and-run injustice” by the BJP government, senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the saffron party’s “politics of revenge” had been exposed.

“It seems those doing justice in the country will not be spared now,” he said at a press conference here.

“Delhi HC Judge S Muralidhar was transferred by the government to save the BJP leaders in the Delhi violence case,” he alleged.