NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, has suggested that judges in six separate high courts be transferred or repatriated.
Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah of the Andhra Pradesh High Court has been recommended for transfer to the Patna High Court; Justice Chitta Ranjan Dash of Orissa has been recommended for transfer to Calcutta; Justice Subhasis Talapatra of Tripura has been recommended for transfer to Orissa; Justice Lanusungkum Jamir of Manipur has been recommended for transfer to Gauhati; Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Collegium's recommendation for inter-State transfers of high court judges builds on Chief Justice Ramana's recent emphasis on judicial inclusion. "The judiciary, like every other institution of our democracy, must reflect the country's social and geographical diversity," the CJI recently stated.
Last year also saw one of the most significant reorganisations in the higher judiciary in recent memory. Judges were reassigned from 14 of the country's 25 High Courts by the Supreme Court Collegium.
The transfers of judges from the High Courts of Allahabad, Bombay, Calcutta, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Madras, Orissa, Patna, Punjab and Haryana, Rajasthan, and Telangana were covered by the Collegium recommendations in 2021. The same High Court issued several transfer recommendations.