As a defiant Karnataka Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran refused to heed the Supreme Court collegium’s advice to go on leave, the panel of judges is understood to have conveyed to the government that he should be shifted to the Sikkim High Court.
The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, is said to have made the suggestion as a way to resolve the deadlock created by Dinakaran’s refusal.
Last week, the collegium had asked him to go on leave and appointed Justice Madan B. Lokur in his place but the controversial judge, who has not been performing any judicial work since last December, refused to agree.
“We have not yet received anything from the collegium on the transfer. Once the ministry gets a formal communication, we will do the needful,” said Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily.
The Sikkim Bar Association protested Dinakaran’s transfer and appealed to the collegium to reconsider the decision.