According to a recommendation by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Thursday, seven judges of the High Courts should be transferred.
There has been a recommendation for transferring Justices Battu Devanand and D Ramesh from the Andhra Pradesh High Court to the Madras and Allahabad High Courts, respectively.
The Karnataka High Court has recommended the transfer of Justice Lalitha Kanneganti to the Telangana High Court. Having been appointed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in May 2020, Justice Kanneganti was transferred to the Telangana High Court only in November last year.
There have also been recommendations for transferring Justices D Nagarjun and Abhishek Reddy from the Telangana High Court to the High Courts of Madras and Patna.
Justices V.M. Velumani and T Raja were recommended for transfer from the Madras High Court to the Calcutta and Rajasthan High Courts, respectively. Upon transferring Justice Raja, who is currently the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, the government will be required to appoint either a new Chief Justice or Chief Justice.
Justice S Muralidhar, Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court, was recommended to be transferred as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court by the Collegium on September 28.
Following a protest from the Gujarat Bar, the Collegium did not recommend the transfer of Justice Nikhil Kariel, Judge of the Gujarat High Court.
The Collegium considered transferring Justice Kariel to the Patna High Court and requested the opinion of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar of the Gujarat High Court. The Gujarat High Court Advocates Bar Association, however, went on strike and made representations to the members of the SC Collegium. Before calling off their strike, the attorneys met with the Chief Justice of India, Justice Chandrachud, and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah.