In a major reshuffle, the Supreme Court collegium has recommended to the Centre the transfer of four Chief Justices of high courts including Andhra Pradesh High Court's Chief Justice JK Maheshwari to the Sikkim High Court, weeks after Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had complained to the Chief Justice of India about the state's top judiciary. In an unprecedented move, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, on October 6, had written to Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde alleging that the state High Court was being used to "destabilise and topple" his democratically-elected government.
The collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India, in its meeting held on December 14, also recommended elevation of five high court judges as Chief Justices of different High Courts including Justice Dr S Muralidhar whose notification transferring him to Punjab and Haryana High Court close to mid night of February 26 had created a huge controversy, reported news agency Press Trust of India.
Justice Muralidhar has been recommended to be elevated as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court. Justice Muralidhar's transfer from Delhi High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court was notified on the day a bench headed by him had pulled up Delhi Police for failing to register FIRs against three BJP leaders for their alleged hate speeches which purportedly led to the recent violence in northeast Delhi.
As per recent collegium's recommendations posted on Supreme Court's website, the collegium, besides recommending transfer of Chief Justice Maheshwari to Sikkim High Court, has also recommended the transfer of Sikkim High Court Chief Justice AK Goswami to the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
It has approved the proposal to transfer Telangana High Court Chief Justice RS Chauhan as Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court while Orissa High Court Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq has been sent to Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Justice Sanjay Yadav of Madhya Pradesh High Court to Allahabad High Court; Justice Rajesh Bindal of Jammu & Kashmir High Court to Calcutta High Court;