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Justice Muralidhar transferred on recommendation of SC collegium: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The minister's reaction came after the Congress alleged that Justice Muralidhar was transferred by the government to save BJP leaders in the Delhi violence case.

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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020, 12.34 PM IST
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said the transfer of Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court was routine and on the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium.

He added that a "well-settled process" was followed in the transfer of Justice Muralidhar to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and accused the Congress of politicising a routine transfer.

"By politicising a routine transfer, Congress has yet again displayed its scant regard for the judiciary," Prasad said in a series of tweets.

His reaction came after the Congress alleged that Justice Muralidhar was transferred by the government to save BJP leaders in the Delhi violence case.

"Transfer of Hon'ble Justice Muralidhar was done pursuant to the recommendation dated February 12 of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India," the minister said.

He said a judge's consent is taken before transferring him or her.

Who is Justice Muralidhar
He is the third seniormost judge in the Delhi High Court after Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Sistani. The judge was hearing the Delhi violence case. He had pulled up the Delhi Police for its failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders, which includes Kapil Mishra. He was reportedly slated to retire in 2023.

Justice Muralidhar was the one who had convicted members of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in the Hashimpura massacre case and Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Prasad slams Rahul's tweet on Justice Loya
Continuing his attack on the opposition party, Prasad said the people of India have rejected the Congress and "hence it is hell bent on destroying the very institutions India cherishes by constantly attacking them".

Referring to a tweet by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the death of Judge Loya, the Union minister said the Loya judgement had been well-settled by the Supreme Court.

"Those raising questions do not respect the judgment of the apex court pronounced after elaborate arguments. Does Rahul Gandhi consider himself above even the Supreme Court," he asked.

"Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn't transferred," Gandhi had tweeted this morning.

Prasad said the government respects the independence of the judiciary.

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