Transfer as punishment

News: Recently, the Supreme Court collegium recommended the transfer of the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to the Meghalaya High Court.

Read more: There’s a need for transparency in transfer of judges

What are the questions raised by the transfer?

Read here: A routine matter or a punishment post?

What does the Memorandum of Procedure for judicial appointments and transfers say?

It says that a proposal to transfer a High Court judge can only be initiated by the CJI. In addition, the views of “one or more knowledgeable Supreme Court judges” are taken. These views are considered by the five-member Collegium. This system was put in place as a safeguard against executive’s arbitrariness

Read here: Questions for SC: Chief Justice Banerjee’s transfer from Madras HC again points to the opaqueness of collegium

Source: This post is based on the article “Transfer as punishment” published in The Hindu on 18th November 2021.

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