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Transfer Of Justice Muralidhar Deferred After Justice Sikri's Objection

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Jan 2019 10:11am

Transfer Of Justice Muralidhar Deferred After Justice Sikri's Objection

A proposal to transfer Justice Muralidhar of Delhi HC, which has been postponed as of now because objections by some members of the SC collegium reported the Indian Express.

It was reported by the Indian Express that the move to transfer Justice Muralidhar was discussed twice in this three-member Collegium for postings and transfers in HCs merely in December and in January. Hence, stated that the proposal could be renewed later.

The report held that the first offer to transfer was made in mid December. A judge in the Collegium from the Delhi HC is said to have convince the CJI to not insist on it. An offer was made again, when the Collegium changed, after the retirement of “Justice Lokur” as said in the report. Hence, Justice Sikri has vehemently opposed the proposal.


Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, another SC Judge from Delhi HC strongly objected the proposal.

Justice Muralidhar is known for his bold pronouncements against communal violence and invasions of civil liberties. He managed the bench which quashed the remand order in the case of Gautam Navlakha, who was sought to be arrested for alleged Maoist links. The acquittals in the Hashimpura massacre case were overturned by his judgments. The bench presided by him reversed the acquittals in a case of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, leading to the conviction of leading Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, in December, 2018. Justice Muarlidhar was also part of the Delhi HC bench presided by former Chief Justice A P Shah, which had struck down Section 377 IPC in 2009.



Tagged: transfer   justice sikri   justice muralidhar   377 ipc   HC   SC   judgments  
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