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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Supreme Court Collegium Recommends High Court Judge Transfers Across India


New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium, under the leadership of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, has put forth recommendations for the transfer of High Court judges from 23 different states, including the High Courts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The proposals were announced on Thursday, outlining a series of judge relocations aimed at enhancing the judiciary system.

According to the transfer recommendations, Justice C Sumalatha from the Telangana High Court, who has been discharging her duties since October 15, 2021, is set to be transferred to the Karnataka High Court. Additionally, Justice Munnuri Laxman will be moving to the Rajasthan High Court, having previously served in the Telangana High Court. Another judge, Justice Mummineni Sudheer Kumar, who assumed office on March 24, 2022, is slated to join the Madras High Court. Meanwhile, Justice Anupama Chakraborty will be taking up her new role in the Patna High Court.

Turning attention to the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the Collegium has recommended the transfer of Justice Gadaman Manavendranath Roy, who has been actively serving in the AP High Court since June 20, 2019, to the Gujarat High Court. Another notable transfer involves Justice Duppala Venkataramana, who took up his responsibilities on August 4, 2022, and is now marked for a transfer to the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

The recommendations were put forth by a Collegium comprised of esteemed Justices S K Kaul, Sanjeev Khanna, B R Gavai, and Surya Kant on August 3, 2023. These proposals have been subject to revisions based on requests from the judges involved, reflecting a collaborative effort to ensure a smooth transition.

The suggested transfers come as part of ongoing efforts to optimize the allocation of judicial resources across various High Courts in the country. The Supreme Court Collegium’s decisions in this regard hold significance in maintaining an efficient and well-functioning judiciary system.


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