Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who held three key hearings on the Delhi riots and passed orders that would hold instigators and perpetrators accountable for the communal violence, was transferred on Wednesday (26th February) evening to the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Here's the notification released by the Law Ministry on Wednesday:
Justice Muralidhar was lone HC judge who took suomoto cognition of #DelhiRiots and asked for BJP hate mongers to be charged for violence. Instant reward from @PMOIndia is his transfer.#DelhiBurns #Delhigenocide— Fatima Zohra (@Fatima_Z0hra) February 27, 2020
He questioned the role of the Delhi Police and why they had failed to lodge FIRs against leaders who were responsible for provocative speeches before the violence broke out.
This is what people on social media had to say about the sudden transfer orders given by the Modi government to Justice Muralidhar:
Looks like things will become uglier in Delhi... honest judges out of the way now— Sandeep jain (@Bhartiyanagrika) February 26, 2020
The judge Justice Muralidhar who was asking hard questions on hate speech case against Kapil Mishra, Parvesh Varma and Anurag Thakur got transferred. Now please tell me this riot was not with complicity of state and this was a routine transfer. #JusticeMuralidhar #DelhiRiots2020— Guy Fawkes (@GuyFawkes0413) February 26, 2020
It was expected people r loosing faith in d judiciary ? What was d urgency ? His mistakes ? Ordered FIR against ruling Minister.— Hari Kumar K (@khkumark) February 27, 2020
As judge asked Delhi police to file fir on three BJP leaders 🤔— Venkatesh (@venkatesh0529) February 27, 2020
As of now, the death toll in the Delhi violence has reportedly risen to 28. The transfer order is said to have come through even while Judge Muralidhar was still hearing the case.