BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Justice S Muralidhar on Thursday cleared the air over his transfer controversy and said that he was fine with Chief Justice of India S A Bodbe’s communication and he had no objection to it.
The controversy erupted after the Centre issued Justice Muralidhar’s transfer notification on February 26 midnight – 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 triggered the recent violence in Northeast Delhi.
Justice Muralidhar received a grand farewell on Thursday from a huge gathering including judges and lawyers amid big rounds of applause. “In my case, the collegium’s decision was communicated to me by the CJI on February 17 by a letter which sought my response. I, therefore, clarified to the CJI that I did not object to the proposal. An explanation for my transfer reached the press on February 20 quoting ‘sources in the Supreme Court collegium’, confirming what has been indicated to me a couple of days earlier,” he said.