‘If needed, collegium will disclose reasons’
In a statement, Supreme Court secretary general Sanjeev S Kalgaonkar said, “Each of the recommendation for transfer was made for cogent reasons after complying with the required procedure in the interest of better administration of justice. Though it would not be in the interest of the institution to disclose the reasons for the transfer, if found necessary, the collegium will have no hesitation in disclosing the same.”
“Further, each of the recommendation was made after full and complete deliberations and the same was unanimously agreed upon by the collegium (members).”
Justice Tahilramani’s transfer was necessitated after she truncated her working hours in the HC. She told the media that she did not wish to comment either on
her transfer or her subsequent resignation.
Interestingly, Justice Sanjay Kumar’s transfer from the Telangana HC to the Punjab & Haryana HC was required to ease difficulties faced by the Telangana HC on the administrative side. The proposal to transfer Justice Kumar was finalised by the five-member collegium after it got his consent in addition to two other SC judges, who were not part of the collegium but were from the same state, supporting the transfer. It means this transfer had the approval of seven SC judges, apart from Justice Kumar’s consent.
In the case of Justice Bhuyan, the collegium had secured his agreement to the proposal to transfer him to the Bombay HC. Only after obtaining his consent did the collegium send the recommendation.