The government on Wednesday transferred 11 judges of six high courts who were recommended for relocation "in public interest" by the Supreme Court collegium.
HT was the first to report about the initiative of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justice S.H. Kapadia to shift judges, the biggest single shake-up since 1993.
According to a Law Ministry notification, two judges each from Delhi, Allahabad and Andhra Pradesh High Courts have been transferred while three have been moved out of the Punjab & Haryana High Court and one judge each has been shifted out of the Madras and Orissa High Courts.
Justices V.M. Sahai and Poonam Srivastava of the Allahabad High Court have been transferred to the Gujarat and Jharkhand High Courts respectively.
Justices T. Meena Kumari and D.S.R. Verma of the Andhra Pradesh HC have been transferred to the Patna and Allahabad High Courts respectively.
Three judges from the Punjab and Haryana High Court — Justices Ashutosh Mahunta, Vinod Kumar Sharma and H.S. Bhalla — have been transferred to the Allahabad, Madras and Orissa High Courts respectively.
Justices S.N. Agarwal and Aruna Suresh from the Delhi High Court have been sent to the Madhya Pradesh and the Orissa High Courts.
Justice M.Jeyapaul of the Madras High Court and Justice B.P. Ray of the Orissa High Courts have been sent to the Punjab & Haryana and the Karnataka High Courts.
The collegium also recommended the transfer of Justice R.S. Mohite of the Bombay High Court to the Patna High Court, but he resigned last month.