Delhi, Feb 27: Delhi High Court judge Justice S Muralidhar, who on Wednesday
grilled the centre, the state government and the Delhi Police over the violence
in the national capital that left 32 dead and over 200 injured, has been
transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Official sources call it a
routine transfer recommended by a Supreme Court panel two weeks ago.
notification on the transfer of Justice Muralidhar, the third highest judge of
the Delhi High Court, was issued around 11 pm on Wednesday night by the central
government, about two weeks after it was recommended by the Supreme Court
collegium on February 12. The transfer notification does not give any time
frame for the judge to join his new post. Such transfer orders usually give
judges 14 days to join; this was the case in six previous transfers.
Muralidhar will take charge as judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court on March
exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 222 of the
Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice
of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice S Muralidhar, Judge of the Delhi
High Court, as a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and to direct him
to assume charge of his office in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” the
government notification read.
Delhi High Court Bar Association had last week condemned the transfer and
demanded the Supreme Court collegium to recall the move.
on Wednesday, Justice Muralidhar had said, “We cannot let another
1984-like event happen in this country” and asked the government – at the
centre and in Delhi – to work together to combat unrelenting violence that hit
parts of the national capital for a fourth consecutive day.
judge asked why there shouldn’t be FIRs against the four BJP leaders. He told
the Delhi Police chief to “seriously consider the consequences” of
not registering the FIR.
the centre, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued that FIRs
would be registered at an “appropriate time”, Justice Muralidhar
said: “What’s the appropriate time, Mr Mehta? The city is burning”.
judge had asked the police to appear on Thursday with a status report. The case
is now listed before the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Dhirubhai
those who criticized Justice Muralidhar’s transfer were Congress leaders Rahul
Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
midnight transfer of Justice Muralidhar isn’t shocking given the current
dispensation, but it is certainly sad and shameful. Millions of Indians have
faith in a resilient and upright judiciary, the government’s attempts to muzzle
justice & break their faith are deplorable,” tweeted Priyanka Gandhi