SC collegium recommends Gujarat HC judge transfer to Patna HC

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the transfer of Gujarat High Court judge Justice Vipul Manubhai Pancholi to the Patna High Court.

According to a statement uploaded on apex court’s website on Monday, the collegium recommended the transfer of the high court judge in its meeting held on September 29.

“The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 29th September, 2022 has recommended transfer of Mr. Justice Vipul Manubhai Pancholi, Judge, Gujarat High Court, to Patna High Court,” said the statement. In September, then Chief Justice of India U.U. Lalit headed the collegium. He demitted office on November 8.

According to sources, recently, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud has recommended transfer of three high court judges for administrative reasons.

According to a source, the Supreme Court collegium recommended shifting the Madras High Court’s Acting Chief Justice T. Raja to the Rajasthan High Court, while Justices Nikhil S. Kariel and A. Abhishek Reddy have been proposed to be transferred to the Patna High Court.

Justice Raja assumed charge as Acting Chief Justice from September 22. Justice Kariel is currently a judge of the Gujarat High Court, while Justice Reddy is a judge at Telangana High Court. Reports on the collegium resolution led to protest by lawyers at both high courts.

On November 19, CJI Chandrachud, speaking at a function organised by the Bar Council of India to felicitate him, said when lawyers strike the consumer of justice suffers, the person for whom justice meant, and not the judges or the lawyers.

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