Following in the footsteps of their counterparts in Gujarat and Telangana, the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHCAA) has raised a “strong objection” to the Supreme Court Collegium’s decision to transfer judges from one High Court to another.
In a letter written on Friday to India’s Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, the organization opposed the transfer of Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, T Raja, to the High Court of Rajasthan, alleging that such proposals seemed to discourage the person from being efficient and decent. bailiff, holding the highest position in the state judiciary.
According to the President of MHCAA, G. Mohana Krishnan, since September 22, 2022, when Justice Raja took office as Acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court, he has maintained the highest decorum.
Calling him a “people’s judge”, who delivered justice regardless of who argued the case, the MHCAA chief said the transfer order remaining just six months before Judge Raja’s retirement was a ” bad news” for the judiciary.
He further urged the Supreme Court, the Collegium and the Government of India to drop the proposal and let Justice Raja continue in his current capacity until he attains retirement pension.
The College of the Supreme Court, headed by CJI Chandrachud, had, on November 16, recommended the transfer of three judges from the High Court.
These included the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Madras, Justice T. Raja (in the High Court of Rajasthan), as well as Justice A. Abhishek Reddy (Judge in the High Court of Telangana) and the Justice Nikhil S. Kariel (Judge of the Gujarat High Court) at the Patna High Court.
The high court bars of Telangana and Gujarat have already announced the strike against the decision.
A delegation from the Gujarat High Court Bar Association will meet with CJI Chandrachud today, in order to convince him to reverse the decision to transfer Judge Kariel.