On Wednesday Delhi HC Judge, Justice S Muralidhar heard petitions on the horrific violence in Northeast Delhi. During the hearing, he asked for FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches and slammed the Delhi Police for their failure in controlling the violence.
However, on the same day, Justice Muralidhar’s transfer to the Punjab and Haryana High Court was ordered by President Kovind. As per Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the transfer was as per the recommendation dated 12.02.2020 of the Supreme Court collegium.
Transfer of Hon’ble Justice Muralidhar was done pursuant to the recommendation dated 12.02.2020 of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India. While transferring the judge consent of the judge is taken. The well settled process have been followed.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) February 27, 2020
People were quick to comment on the swift transfer and #JusticeMuralidhar trended on Twitter:
And in the dark of the night #JusticeMuralidhar is asked to go to another High Court. Have the FIRs in the #delhivoilence been registered as yet ? #DelhiRiots pic.twitter.com/7zj43xpvM7— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) February 26, 2020
Dictatorship looks like this. Justice Muralidhar who sough accountability from the Modi govt over the Delhi carnage gets his transfer order overnight. You expect victims to get justice and the perpetrators to be punished ? https://t.co/qY7P4HeLsP— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) February 27, 2020
Aisa 80s ki B-grade films mein hota tha aur hum bolte thay KYA KUCHH BHI UNREALISTIC dikha raha hai. https://t.co/Kr1BMYLJxk— वरुण 🇮🇳 (@varungrover) February 27, 2020
So, the SC collegium had recommended the transfer 2 weeks ago. Hmmm #JusticeMuralidhar https://t.co/AKoG2Rexb2— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) February 27, 2020
It took 3 days for PM #Modi to tweet about #DelhiRiots2020.— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) February 27, 2020
It took less than a few hours for the BJP govt to transfer #JusticeMuralidhar.
The priorities of this govt have never been clearer!#DelhiViolence #AmitShahMustResign
Per Memorandum of Transfer of Judges,”Chronology” is:— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) February 27, 2020
1.Collegium Proposes Transfer
2. Law Minister sends to PM
3. PM sends advise to President
5.Secy issues Notification#JusticeMuralidhar:Step1-12/02
26/02-Pulls up BJP-Step 2,3,4, 5 executed;Coincidence? pic.twitter.com/913GMJP2yj
Shame on the cowards!! They transferred #JusticeMuralidhar in a late night coup !! That’s height of tyranny!! Utterly shameful !! #DelhiBurns pic.twitter.com/H5eJLZzITL— Ranjan Jha (@Ranjankj) February 27, 2020
What message is Central govt trying to give by transferring #JusticeMuralidhar, who showed his resentment against police inaction during #DelhiViolence and in failure of police to act against BJP leaders for their hate speeches?— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) February 27, 2020
#JusticeMuralidhar wasn’t pliable enough. And with his impressive track record of sending Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to jail for his role in 1984 Sikh riots, BJP couldn’t chance their star instigator Kapil Mishra facing the same fate… fascism is n full flow. pic.twitter.com/GRN6tu1CB7— Sangita (@Sanginamby) February 27, 2020
People merely holding placards arrested under Sedition but not a word/an action against those who give Hate Speeches instigating community violence. Instead judges are replaced instantly. Hope this diligences is shown towards those who actually deserve it. #JusticeMuralidhar— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) February 27, 2020
On the day, Justice Muralidhar of Delhi HC grilled Centre & Delhi Police over violence in NCR and inaction against BJP leaders for their communal/hate speeches, Govt issues notification effecting his transfer to Punjab and Haryana HC.— Arvind Gunasekar (@arvindgunasekar) February 26, 2020
Collegium recommended his transfer on Feb 19. pic.twitter.com/yJQPeJwqLR
As of now, the death toll in the violence-struck areas has reached 27, and over 250 have been reported injured. No FIRs have yet been filed against any political leader for hate speeches.