New Delhi: Justice S. Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who on Wednesday pulled up the Delhi Police for the violence that gripped the Northeast area of the national capital, has been transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Also Read - Delhi Violence Highlights: AAP Leader Tahir Hussain Booked For Murder of IB Staffer; Death Toll Rises to 38
The Supreme Court Collegium is known to have recommended the transfer of Justice Muralidhar to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Also Read - Delhi Riots: NSA Ajit Doval Reviews Security Situation, Visits Violence-Hit Areas
“In exercise of the power conferred by Clause (1) of Article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Justice S. Muralidhar, Judge of the Delhi High Court, as a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and to direct him to assume charge of his office in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” read a notification of the Law Ministry released on Wednesday. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Women Call Off Protest at Jaffrabad, Police Resort to Lathicharge to Disperse Rioters
On Wednesday, a high court bench headed by Justice Muralidhar passed a series of orders with regard to the violence in North-East Delhi and said that “another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in the city under its watch.”
“We have to be alert,” said Muralidhar as he ordered safe passage for the collection of the bodies of the deceased, setting up of adequate number of helplines and shelter to people who have been displaced, among other things.
“We propose to appoint an amicus curie to coordinate between the victims and the agencies to ensure that prompt action is taken,” the court added.
The division bench also comprising Justice Talwant Singh ruled, “It is extremely unfortunate what has happened. This is the time to show that Z security works for everybody. Otherwise we cannot restore peace. Every victim should be visited by higher functionaries,” the HC bench said.
As many as 32 people have lost their lives while over 200 have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi.
The court said that confidence-building measures should be taken and families must be assured that the law will work for them.
(With agency inputs)