The collegium of the Supreme Court on Thursday recommended transfer of four Judges of Gujarat High Court to other states.
The collegium led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud recommended the transfer of Justice Hemant Prachhak to Patna High Court, Justice Samir Dave to Rajasthan High Court, Justice AY Kogje to Allahabad High Court and Justice Geeta Gopi to Madras High Court.
It must be noted that Justice Prachhak had refused to stay the two-year conviction of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case filed by Gujarat BJP lawmaker Purnesh Modi for the ‘Modi surname’ remarks in a political rally in 2019.
The conviction was stayed by the Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice BR Gavai, who is a member of the apex court Collegium that also comprises Justices SK Kaul, Sanjeev Khanna and Surya Kant.
The Collegium has also recommended transfer of Justice C Manavendranath Roy of Andhra Pradesh High Court and Justice Avneesh Jhingam of Punbab & Haryana High Court to Gujarat.
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the transfer of Gujarat High Court judge, Justice HM Prachhak, to Patna High Court for “better administration of justice”. Alpesh Y Kogje has been recommended to be moved to Allahabad. Justice Kumari Gita Gopi will go to Madras, Justice Hemant M Prachhak to Patna and Justice Samir J Dave to Rajasthan.
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the transfer of 23 High Court judges in total — including four each from the High Courts of Punjab and Haryana, Allahabad, Gujarat and Telangana.
As per the resolutions put out by the top court, Justice Avneesh Jhingan has been recommended for Gujarat High Court.
The Collegium had met on August 3 and proposed to transfer Justice M Sudheer Kumar to Calcutta and Justice Sumalatha to Gujarat. But it changed this to Madras and Karnataka respectively after considering their requests.