NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra termed it "sad and shameful" after the midnight transferring of Justice S. Muralidhar. After her tweet, her brother and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sarcastically brought Justice B.H. Loya who died under some mysterious circumstances.
Taking to her Twitter account, Vadra strongly condemned the step of the Central government who decided to transfer the judge after Muralidhar's strong stance against them. She wrote, "The midnight transfer of Justice Muralidhar isn't shocking given the current dispensation, but it is certainly sad & shameful. Millions of Indians have faith in a resilient & upright judiciary, the government's attempts to muzzle justice & break their faith are deplorable."
The midnight transfer of Justice Muralidhar isn’t shocking given the current dispensation, but it is certianly sad & shameful.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) February 27, 2020
Millions of Indians have faith in a resilient & upright judiciary, the government’s attempts to muzzle justice & break their faith are deplorable. pic.twitter.com/KKt4IeAMyv
Following the steps of his sister, Rahul Gandhi remembered Judge B.H. Loya who died in December 2014 at Nagpur and the cause of death still remains unknown. He wrote, "Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn't transferred." Justice B.H. Loya was handling the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case at that time.
Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn’t transferred.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 27, 2020
Justice S. Muralidhar was transferred by the Ministry of Law and Justice on Wednesday from Delhi High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The decision came on a day when the High Court bench headed by Justice Muralidhar passed a series of judgements regarding the riots in the northeast of Delhi. The bench took a strong stance against the Central government and now this abrupt transferring is looked in connection to that.
The court said, "another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in the city under its watch," referring to the Delhi situation. As of now, 32 people have been killed in the violence and over 200 injured as the pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) people clash.
The Law Ministry released a notification on Wednesday that read, "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 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 Supreme Court had recently recommended the transfer of Judge Muralidhar and though the transfer was procedural, the day of the issuance of notification by the government has created a political debate.