Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
News18 » India
3-min read

Delhi HC Judge's Transfer Routine, Consent Taken, Says Govt as Cong Slams 'Attempt to Muzzle Justice'

Justice S Muralidhar, who pulled up the Delhi police for inaction during the riots in Northeast Delhi, was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday.

News18.com

Updated:February 27, 2020, 3:54 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Delhi HC Judge's Transfer Routine, Consent Taken, Says Govt as Cong Slams 'Attempt to Muzzle Justice'
File photo of Justice Muralidhar (Twitter)

New Delhi: Hours after the late-night transfer of Delhi High Court Judge S Muralidhar, who had pulled up the Delhi Police for inaction during the riots in north-east Delhi, a political slugfest erupted between Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.

While Priyanka Gandhi accused the government of trying to "muzzle justice" and shake people’s belief in the judicial system in a Thursday morning tweet, Prasad accused the Congress of showing “scant regard” for the judiciary.

“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 Congress general secretary tweeted.

In a series of tweets, Prasad defended the move and accused the grand old party of “compromising independence of judiciary, superseding judges even of Supreme Court” during Emergency in 1975-1977. “They (Congress) rejoice only when the judgment is of their liking otherwise raise questions on the institutions itself,” he said.

The law minister called Congress the “private property of one family” which is trying to politicise a routine transfer.

“The party, which is the private property of one family, has no right to lecture about objectionable speeches. The family & it’s cronies have routinely used the harshest words against the Courts, the Army, the CAG, the PM and the people of India.”

“By politicising a routine transfer, Congress has yet again displayed its scant regard for the judiciary. People of India have rejected Congress Party and hence it is hell bent on destroying the very institutions India cherishes by constantly attacking them,” he said.

In a veiled attack on Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his alleged involvement in the death of special CBI judge BH Loya in a tweet, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Thursday, “Remembering the brave Judge Loya, who wasn’t transferred.”

Justice Loya’s death in 2014, while he was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which Amit Shah was an accused, had become a major controversy.

Reacting to Rahul’s tweet, Prasad said, “The Loya judgment has 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?”

The late night evening notification of Justice Muralidhar’s transfer came hours after a bench headed by him slammed the Delhi Police for its failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by three BJP leaders.

Prasad defended the move and said the transfer was done “pursuant to the recommendation dated February 12, 2020 of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India.”

“While transferring the judge consent of the judge is taken. The well settled process have been followed,” he said.

The high court bench had on Wednesday passed a series of orders with regard to the violence in north-east Delhi and said that "another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in the city under its watch."

"We have to be alert," said Muralidhar as he ordered safe passage for the collection of the bodies of the deceased, setting up of adequate number of helplines and shelter to people who have been displaced, among other things.

"We propose to appoint an amicus curie to coordinate between the victims and the agencies to ensure that prompt action is taken," the court added.

The division bench also comprising Justice Talwant Singh ruled, “It is extremely unfortunate what has happened. This is the time to show that Z security works for everybody. Otherwise, we cannot restore peace. Every victim should be visited by higher functionaries,” the HC bench said.

As many as 34 people have lost their lives while over 200 have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in north-east Delhi.

Support the daily wage earners who have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to contribute to the cause. #IndiaGives

The daily News18 Coronavirus COVID-19 newsletter - Get your copy here.

Subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube

Read full article

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results

India

  • Active Cases

    4,714

     
  • Total Confirmed

    5,274

     
  • Cured/Discharged

    410

     
  • Total DEATHS

    149

     
Data Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
Updated: April 08 (05:00 PM)
Hospitals & Testing centres

World

  • Active Cases

    1,095,109

     
  • Total Confirmed

    1,513,243

    +82,306
  • Cured/Discharged

    329,731

     
  • Total DEATHS

    88,403

    +6,367
Data Source: Johns Hopkins University, U.S. (www.jhu.edu)
Hospitals & Testing centres