The Central government approves the transfer of two judges of the Delhi High Court to other states

In a recent development, the central government has officially notified the transfer of two esteemed judges of the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court Collegium had earlier in March recommended these changes, which came into effect following the justices’ own requests for reinstatement.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva will join the Madhya Pradesh High Court, while Justice V. Kameswar Rao will begin his term at the Karnataka High Court. The transfers were formalized and announced on Wednesday.

This judicial reshuffle is the result of requests from both judges. Justice V. Kameswar Rao, in a letter dated March 4, 2024, expressed his desire to be transferred to another high court, citing personal reasons. The Collegium acknowledged his request and, led by senior judges of the Supreme Court, concluded that transferring Justice Rao to Karnataka would serve the best interests of the administration of justice.

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Similarly, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva expressed his willingness for transfer in a communication dated March 3, 2024. In accordance with his preference and after deliberations, the Collegium decided to transfer him to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, also emphasizing the improvement of the administration of justice.

The March 13 Supreme Court resolution was crucial to these decisions. The body, which is responsible for the transfer and appointment of judges within the country’s judiciary, ensures that such moves are in line with the broader objectives of justice and judicial effectiveness.

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Both the outgoing judges have had substantial legal careers and have contributed significantly to the jurisprudence of the Delhi High Court through several notable judgments. Their upcoming terms in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are eagerly awaited as they bring their expertise and legal philosophy to new areas of the law.

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