Justice Sabina of the Punjab and Haryana high court here has been transferred to the Rajasthan high court while justice Arun Bhaurao Chaudhri of the Bombay high court would join here. Both the names are part of two lists of transfer of judges put out by the Union ministry of law and justice on Wednesday evening. Justice Sabina is 13th in terms of seniority among judges at the Punjab and Haryana HC.
It may be mentioned here that justice Sabina’s daughter was questioned by the Chandigarh police a few months ago in a lawyer’s murder case. The UT administration had on January 22 last recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into that case. Parents of the murdered 34-year-old lawyer, Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu aka ‘Sippy’, had submitted several representations to the acting chief justice of the high court, and had also to the Chief Justice of India and President, seeking transfer of justice Sabina alleging that she was trying to “influence” the case.
Sippy was shot dead in a Sector-27 park on September 20 last year. He was reportedly a friend of justice Sabina’s daughter, who was summoned and questioned twice by the police. An application filed by the police for a narco-analysis of the daughter is still pending before a local court. Justice Sabina has been directed to join the Rajasthan HC by April 19.
As for justice Chaudhri, who is likely to join on April 11, he is a sitting judge of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC. Eleventh in terms of seniority there, he was born on August 11, 1957, at Wardha in Maharashtra. He was appointed as additional judge of the Bombay HC in 2006 and became a permanent judge in 2008. Before his elevation as judge, the Union government had appointed him as assistant solicitor general of India at the Nagpur HC bench.