Centre stalls transfer of Odisha Chief Justice S Muralidhar to Madras High Court – India Today

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The central government has stalled the proposed transfer of Odisha High Court Chief Justice S Muralidhar to Madras High Court.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 12, 2022 10:30 IST

Odisha High Court Chief Justice S Muralidhar. (File photo)

Odisha High Court Chief Justice S Muralidhar. (File photo)

By Kanu Sarda: The Centre cleared several recommendations of the Supreme Court Collegiumbut chose to stall on the Collegiums recommendations of transferring Justice S Muralidhar to the Madras High Court as its chief justice from Odisha High court.

Though this is not new as the Centre in the past, too, sat on the Collegium’s recommendations. Sometimes the recommendations have been kept pending for years.

Through a resolution dated September 28, the Supreme Court Collegium recommended Justice S Muralidhar’s name for the position of the Chief Justice of Madras High Court along with other recommendations.

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The Centre gave the go-ahead to the recommendations to transfer Justice Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, to Rajasthan High Court.

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There are recommendations made by the Collegium on September 28 to elevate Justice Prasann Bhalachandra Varale (of the Bombay high court) as the chief justice of the Karnataka HC and elevation of Justice Ali Mohd Magrey of the Jammu and Kashmir HC as its chief justice was also notified.

Earlier also, Justice Muralidhar’s transfer from Delhi to Punjab and Haryana High court came under heavy criticism after the judge ordered police action over alleged inflammatory speeches by top BJP leaders during the Delhi riots.

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