On 26 Feb Wednesday morning, a bench of Justice Muralidhar and Justice Talwant Singh heard the petition of social activist Harsh Mander on Delhi Riots. During this time, the police were reprimanded for not taking action against the leaders who gave statements and provocative statements in Delhi. It was said that to stop the violence, strict steps need to be taken immediately. We will not allow a situation like 1984 to happen in Delhi. Therefore, those who are leaders with Z Security should go among the people. Explain to them, so that they can have confidence in them. During the hearing, Justice Muralidhar had ordered the Delhi Police Commissioner to watch all the videos of inflammatory speeches. He also played a viral video of BJP leader Kapil Mishra in the court.
Now he has been transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was third in the seniority order of judges in the High Court. The Law Ministry issued a notification for his transfer late on Wednesday night. It said that President Ramnath Kovind took this decision after consultations with Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
Earlier on February 12, the Supreme Court Collegium recommended the transfer of three judges including Justice Muralidhar. However, two other judges were not transferred. The Delhi High Court Bar Association last week demanded a reconsideration of the transfer from the collegium.
On this, Congress criticized the government but the government bided that everything is done as per rules. The Congress has questioned the Modi government’s intention to transfer the High Court judge overnight. Rahul Gandhi tweeted – Remember the brave judge Loya, who was not transferred. At the same time, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad defended the decision of the government and said that everything has been done according to the procedure.
Who is Justice Muralidhar?
Justice Muralidhar started advocacy in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court in 1987. He has been known for fighting cases without fees, including the Bhopal gas tragedy and the Narmada dam victims. Later he was counsel for the National Human Rights Commission and the Election Commission of India and a part-time member of the Law Commission from December 2002. Delhi University awarded him a Ph.D. in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed a judge in the Delhi High Court. Justice Muralidhar is known for his stern remarks about communal violence and personal liberty. He sentenced the PAC jawans convicted in the Hashimpura massacre of Uttar Pradesh. In addition, in the 1984 riot case, Congress leader Sajjan Singh was convicted. In 2009, He has been involved in the bench which gave the verdict on discrimination against homosexuals.