Lokmat News Network New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that the Centre’s practice of approving selected recommendations of the collegium for the transfer of High Court judges is arbitrary and does not send a good message.
Of the 11 judges recommended for transfer by the collegium, five judges have been transferred. But the recommendations of six judges are still pending. It includes four named recommendations from the Gujarat High Court and one each from the Allahabad and Delhi High Courts. The bench was hearing two petitions. One of the petitions alleged delay by the Center in approving the names recommended by the collegium for appointment and transfer. A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia said that eight of the names recommended for appointment were not approved.
Five transfer orders instead of six Supreme Court collegium member Justice Kaul Attorney General R. Venkataramani said, As far as I know, you have issued transfer orders for five judges. You have not yet issued transfer orders for the six judges. Four of these are from Gujarat. This is not acceptable. Justice Kaul also said that I had emphasized that selective transfers should not be done last time as well.