Delhi High Court judge Justice S Muralidhar, who yesterday during Delhi violence petition hearing lashed out on Delhi police, Centre and the Union Terriotity’s government for their ineffective response to the situation, has been transferred from Delhi High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Justice S Muralidhar, reportedly, had questioned the Delhi police why they failed to lodge FIRs against leaders for spreading hate speech. The obvious reference was to Kapil Mishra’s statement wherein he had asked the Delhi Police to clear Shaheen Bagh as the earliest. He further ater added that if police fail, he would by himself make sure the road is cleared. However, Delhi Police in the court claimed that it hasn’t seen any such video.
Mishra’s speech came after the Supreme Court of India assigned top lawyers as mediators to talk to the Shaheen Bagh protesters asking them to clear roads as roads are not the right places to protest.
Moreover, one more thing that needs to be brought to the notice is that the Supreme Court collegium had recommended the transfer of Justice S Muralidhar on February 12.
“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 Shri 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,” the government notification read.
The third most powerful judge of the Delhi High court had also said that “we cannot let another 1984-like event happen in this country” post-playing BJP leaders – Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Abhay Verma and Parvesh Verma – offensive speeches in the court.