Supreme Court Collegium Recommends Transfer of 7 High Court Judges – News X

Supreme Court Collegium Recommends Transfer of 7 High Court Judges
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Supreme Court Collegium: The Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, has recommended the transfer of seven High Court judges. Justices Battu Devanand and D Ramesh have been recommended to be transferred from the Andhra Pradesh High Court to the Madras and Allahabad High Courts respectively.

Justice Lalitha Kanneganti of the Telangana High Court has been recommended to be transferred to the Karnataka High Court. After being appointed in May 2020, Justice Kanneganti was transferred from his native High Court of Andhra Pradesh to the Telangana High Court in November last year itself.

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Justices D Nagarjuna and Abhishek Reddy of the Telangana High Court have also been recommended to be transferred to the Madras and Patna High Courts respectively. The Supreme Court Collegium appointed Justice V.M. Transfer is recommended. Whereas Velumani and T Raja will be transferred to Calcutta and Rajasthan High Court respectively.

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With this, Justice Raja is currently the senior-most judge and acting chief justice of the Madras High Court, his transfer would require the government to appoint either a new acting chief justice or chief justice. At the same time, the recommendation of the Collegium on September 28 to transfer Justice S Muralidhar, Chief Justice of Odisha High Court, as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court is pending with the government.

Justice Nikhil S Kariel’s name is not in the list

The collegium has not recommended the transfer of Gujarat High Court judge Justice Nikhil Kariel following a representation from the Gujarat Bar opposing the proposed transfer. According to a report published in The Indian Express, the collegium was considering the transfer of Justice Kariel to the Patna High Court and had written to Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Arvind Kumar for his opinion. However, the Gujarat High Court Advocates Bar Association went on strike and made a representation to the members of the SC Collegium. On 21 November, the lawyers’ group had met CJI Chandrachud, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah before calling off their strike.

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