CHENNAI: Five days after the Supreme Court collegium’s recommendation, the Centre on Monday notified the transfer of the Chief Justice of the Madras high court Sanjib Banerjee to the Meghalaya high court.
Earlier in the day, a section of advocates staged a demonstration on the Madras high court premises demanding the collegium reconsider the transfer.
“Such recommendations of the collegium have instilled fear among other upright judges of the high court in passing unbiased judgements,” advocate NGR Prasad who led the protest said.
On November 12, more than 200 lawyers of the court made a representation asking the collegium to reconsider the decision. On November 14, the Madras Bar Association (MBA) and the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) passed resolutions demanding the collegium reconsider the decision.
The recommendation to transfer Chief Justice Banerjee was made by the collegium on September 16. It was made public on November 9.
On Monday, a notification issued by the Union law ministry said,“The President after consultation with the Chief Justice of India is pleased to transfer Justice Sanjib Banerjee, Chief Justice of Madras high court, as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya high court and direct him to assume charge of office.”