Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal announced the transfer of three High Court judges, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Manoj Bajaj, and Gaurang Kanth, to different High Courts following the rejection of their request for choice posting. The transfers were made based on the recommendations of the Supreme Court collegium, despite the judges’ representations.
Transfer of Judges and Consultation Process
Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh of the Allahabad High Court has been transferred to the Kerala High Court, Justice Manoj Bajaj of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been posted to the Allahabad HC, and Justice Gaurang Kanth of the Delhi High Court has been transferred to the Calcutta High Court. These transfers were announced by Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, after the President of India, in consultation with the Chief Justice of India, exercised the power conferred by the Constitution.
Reiteration of Recommendations and Opposition
The Supreme Court collegium reiterated its recommendations for the transfer of all three judges, despite their representations for choice posting. Justice Gaurang Kanth had requested a transfer to the Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan High Court, or a court in any of the neighboring states, but the collegium did not find merit in his request. A bar body also expressed opposition to Justice Kanth’s transfer. Similarly, the collegium reaffirmed its recommendation to transfer Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh to the Kerala High Court and Justice Manoj Bajaj to the Allahabad High Court.
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