September 29, 2017:
Members of Collegium had questioned the CJI on the timing of the transfer.
In a twist to mystery behind sudden transfer of Justice Jayant Patel from the Karnataka HC days before he was to take over as Acting Chief Justice, it turns out that Supreme Court Collegium had decided to transfer Patel to the Bombay High Court but had suddenly changed its mind and shifted him to the Allahabad HC.
Collegium headed by the CJI Dipak Mishra had, at a meeting early last week, decided to transfer Justice Patel from the Karnataka HC.
Meeting saw some members of Collegium, which also comprises of the Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph, question CJI on timing of the transfer.
According to the sources, posers were tough but failed to lead CJI to spell out specific reason for Patel’s transfer.
Last Friday , Collegium met again and this time decided to move Patel to the Allahabad HC, which led him to resign.
Resignation set off the speculation about abrupt change of mind regarding judge who had shot to limelight when he ordered the CBI probe into “encounter“ of the Ishrat Jehan, along with the alleged LeT Terrorists, when Gujarat was under CM Narendra Modi.
Friday’s Collegium Meeting decided to transfer the four other HC judges back to their parent HC, including Justice Rajiv Shakdher of the Madras HC to Delhi High Court and Justice D Seshadri Naidu from Kerala High Court to Hyderabad High Court.
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