New Delhi: Justice S Muralidhar, whose ‘overnight transfer’ from the Delhi High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court triggered a major controversy, has asked lawyers at his new workplace to not use terms like ‘my lord’ or ‘your lordship’ while addressing him, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported. Also Read - 'Be With Truth,' Says Justice Muralidhar, Bids Farewell to Delhi HC After Pulling up Delhi Police For Inaction
“It is to inform the respected members of the Bar that Hon’ble Justice S Muralidhar has requested that they may try and avoid addressing him as ‘your lordship’ or ‘my lord’,” said a note attached to the cause list of cases issued for Monday by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Also Read - Delhi Violence: 'Well-settled Process Followed, Judge's Consent Taken,' Govt Defends Justice S. Muralidhar's Transfer
The High Court Bar Association (HCBA), notably, had, directed its members to prefer using ‘sir’ or ‘your honour’ to address judges; however, many lawyers still use ‘my lordship’ while speaking to judges.
Justice Muralidhar had taken oath as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 6. He was transferred from the Delhi High Court on February 26, a day after he pulled up the Delhi Police for non-registration of FIRs against several BJP leaders, whose ‘hate speeches,’ it is alleged led to the communal violence in northeast Delhi last month.
As a controversy broke out, expectedly, over the transfer, the Centre clarified that the same was done as per a ‘well-settled’ process. Speaking at his farewell ceremony, Justice Muralidhar, too cleared the air, saying that in his reply to Chief Justice SA Bobde’s communication informing him of his transfer, he had said that he was ‘fine’ with it and had ‘no objection’ at all.