Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Mohit S Shah was Friday transferred to the Bombay High Court, even as his last day here was marred by a controversy with a section of lawyers vandalising his court room this morning.
"The warrant of transfer has arrived and the Chief Justice will leave for Mumbai tomorrow," a senior high court official said. The transfer was decided upon during the tenure of former Chief Justice of India Justice K G Balakrishnan and the warrant has arrived Friday, he said.
The judges gave a hurriedly-organised farewell to the chief justice in the evening, even as a large section of advocates demonstrated before the main gate of the high court against him. Shah was in office for just six months, having been elevated from the Gujarat High Court on December 24, 2009.
Earlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court Bar Association demanded removal of the Chief Justice and the Registrar-General for calling the police in the court premises Thursday night.
In a statement, Assistant Secretary Sanjay Bardhan said that the Association, at its general body meeting unanimously resolved not to participate in high court proceedings from Monday till the Chief Justice and the Registrar-General were removed from their offices "by way of transfer or otherwise".
A dispute over allotment of a court room no 20 to assistant court officers for use as their office by the Chief Justice led to a confrontation with the Bar Association. Some 60 to 70 lawyers occupied the room last evening and refused to vacate despite several requests. Police were then called in and the lawyers were forced out of the room around midnight.