Re­think on Judge Shakd­her Trans­fer

SC col­legium plan­ning to re­con­sider trans­fer of Jus­tice Ra­jiv Shakd­her from Delhi high court to Madras HC; se­nior ad­vo­cates had ear­lier writ­ten an open let­ter to CJI es­pous­ing can­cel­la­tion of the or­der

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Supreme Court col­legium is plan­ning to re­con­sider t r a nsf e r o f Justi c e Ra­jiv Shakd­her from the Delhi high court to the Madras high court, ac­cord­ing to a ju­di­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive. His trans­fer was ef­fected along with sev­eral oth­ers in 2016 and he joined the Madras High Court last April.

How­ever, some se­nior ad­vo­cates had protested against the trans­fer and wrote an open let­ter to the CJI es­pous­ing can­cel­la­tion of the trans­fer or­der.

“He’s an out­stand­ing judge, and we are think­ing of re­con­sid­er­ing his trans­fer,” ac­cord­ing to an in­sider who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied.

I n c i d e n t a l l y, Ju s t i c e Raj iv Shakd­her had passed two suc­ces­sive or­ders in favour of Green­peace dur­ing his stint in the Delhi high court.

In the first case, he al­lowed ac­tivist Priya Pil­lai to travel abroad with­out any curbs on her right to free speech.

In the sec­ond case, he lifted the ban on Green­peace ac­cess­ing its own funds. In both the in­stances, the Cen­tre had cracked down on the NGO.

This will be the sec­ond in­stance in which the top court col­legium would be re­think­ing a trans­fer of a high court judge. The other one re­lated to trans­fer of Jus­tice Valmiki Me­hta of the Delhi high court. Though the col­legium rec­om­mended Jus­tice Me­hta’s trans­fer a year ago, the war­rant of ap­point­ment never came through from the gov­ern­ment.

Sim­i­larly, the col­legium’s trans­fer or­ders of Jus­tice MR Shah of the Gu­jarat high court and Jus­tice KM Joseph of the Ut­tarak­hand high court t o o n eve r c a me through.

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