Hours after the High court held the hearing on the Delhi riots, a gazette notification passed on Thursday stirred a new controversy. In the line of the notification, Justice S. Muralidhar who asked for First Information Reports (FIR)s against three BJP leaders transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The about transfer which came close on the heels of the probe over the hate speeches during the Delhi riots. In a shocking revelation, the law ministry issued a notification dated February 26, 2020, formally shifting him from the crucial Delhi high court to the Punjab and Haryana high court. According to the notification, the President has taken the decision after consulting the Chief Justice of India.
The transfer has set ripples in the country politics with opposition congress and a few of the lawyer communities. Meanwhile, the ruling BJP condemned the oppositions’ accusations and alleged that the Congress is politicizing a routine transfer. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that the consent of Justice Muralidhar is taken before the due procedures.
The order came on a day Justice Muralidhar had said, “We cannot let another 1984-like event happen in this country”. The judge also ordered to play the videos of hate speeches by the BJP leaders – Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Abhay Verma and Parvesh Verma after which the judge expressed discontent over the Delhi police and the BJP leaders. On this note, the abrupt transfer sparked rumours over BJP holding iron hand ruling.