New Delhi: The transfer of Delhi High Court judge S. Muralidhar to the Punjab and Haryana court– a day after he pulled up the Delhi Police for the violence in North-east Delhi– has triggered a controversy with the opposition alleging foul play in the transfer process. Reacting to it, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that the transfer of the Justice was done as per a recommendation by the Chief Justice of India dated February 12, 2020. Also Read - 'Failure of Leadership': Bernie Sanders Slams Trump For His Response on Delhi Violence During India Visit
The minister sought to clarify that a well-settled process has been followed for transferring the judge. Also Read - 'UN Secretary-General Saddened by Reports of Casualties in Delhi, Following Situation Closely,' Says Spokesperson
“Transfer of Justice Muralidhar was done pursuant to recommendation dated 12.02.2020 of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India. While transferring the judge consent of the judge is taken. The well-settled process has been followed,” RS Prasad said. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Father of Deceased IB Staffer Accuses AAP's Tahir Hussain For Son's Death
Attacking the Congress, the law minister said that it was “politicising a routine matter”. He also accused the grand old party of “destroying the very institution of India it cherishes”.
“By politicizing a routine transfer, Congress has yet again displayed its scant regard for the judiciary. People of India have rejected Congress Party & hence it’s hell-bent on destroying the very institutions India cherishes by constantly attacking them,” the Union Minister said.
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.” Following which, Muralidhar was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana court.
The Supreme Court Collegium is known to have recommended the transfer of Justice Muralidhar to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, reacting on the transfer of Delhi High Court’s Justice S Muralidharan, tweeted: ‘Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn’t transferred.’