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
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.