HC Judge Who Criticised Delhi Cops Transferred

New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja and CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat particiapte in a rally against violence and condemned the clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups in Delhi; in New Delhi on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja and CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat particiapte in a rally against violence and condemned the clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups in Delhi; in New Delhi on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: IANS)
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As many as 27 people have lost their lives while over 200 have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi…reports Asian Lite News

New Delhi: A view of Northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar after the riots, on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS) by .
New Delhi: A view of Northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar after the riots, on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS)

The Ministry of Law and Justice on Wednesday transferred Justice S. Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

“In 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 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,” read a notification of the Law Ministry released on Wednesday.

Recently, the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the transfer of Justice Muralidhar to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Earlier ON WEDNESDAY, a high court bench headed by Justice Muralidhar passed a series of orders with regard to the violence in North-East Delhi and said that “another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in the city under its watch.”

“We have to be alert,” said Muralidhar as he ordered safe passage for the collection of the bodies of the deceased, setting up of adequate number of helplines and shelter to people who have been displaced, among other things.

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals as he toured the violence-hit areas of Northeast Delhi, in New Delhi on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals as he toured the violence-hit areas of Northeast Delhi, in New Delhi on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

“We propose to appoint an amicus curie to coordinate between the victims and the agencies to ensure that prompt action is taken,” the court added.

The division bench also comprising Justice Talwant Singh ruled, “It is extremely unfortunate what has happened. This is the time to show that Z security works for everybody. Otherwise we cannot restore peace. Every victim should be visited by higher functionaries,” the HC bench said.

As many as 27 people have lost their lives while over 200 have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi.

The court said that confidence building measures should be taken and families must be assured that the law will work for them.

New Delhi: A view of Northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar after the riots, on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS) by .
New Delhi: A view of Northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar after the riots, on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS)

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) had on February 20 announced a strike against Muralidhar’s transfer.

In a resolution, the DHCBA had expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” at the decision to recommend the transfer of “one of the finest judges to have adorned the bench.”

The resolution stated, “Such transfers are not only detrimental to our noble institution, but also tend to erode and dislodge the faith of the common litigant in the justice dispensation system. Such transfers also impede free and fair delivery of justice by the honourable bench.”

Priyanka slams Centre over ‘midnight transfer’

Calling it ‘deplorable’, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra raised the issue of transfer of Justice Muralidhar on a day he came down heavily on the centre as his brother and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi brought in Judge Loya sarcastically whose circumstances of death created a political row.

New Delhi: A view of Northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar after the riots, on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS) by .
New Delhi: A view of Northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar after the riots, on Feb 26, 2020. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS)

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

Making a case for independent judiciary, she went on to allege, “Millions of Indians have faith in a resilient & upright judiciary, the government’s attempts to muzzle justice & break their faith are deplorable.”

Rahul Gandhi joined in as well by tweeting:” Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn’t transferred.”

Judge B.H. Loya was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case, when he died in December 2014 at Nagpur under mysterious circumstances.

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