August 2, 2017
Supreme Court norms on transfers is that it shouldn’t be more than once in three years.
In an uncommom incident, a Judge sat on a ‘dharna’ outside the Madhya Pradesh High Court in Jabalpur on Tuesday.
The Judge, R.K. Srivas, said that he’s upset with the repeated transfers, which he termed arbitrary & against the norms.
Upset with these ‘irregularities’ & with the aim to bring to fore the ‘irregularities’, the Judge sat on the ground in front of the gate no. 3 of the High Court.
It’s probably the 1st such incident in Madhya Pradesh, when a judge has to stage a protest outside the HC.
Talking to the media persons, he told that he had been transferred 4 times in last 15 months. “I took the decision after much thought; now I’ll sit on the satyagraha”, he said.
“As per the norms there should transfer once in 3 years but the rules aren’t followed. I’ve been transferred in every few months–4 times in 15 months, my kids are forced to study in different cities”.
He mentioned in a letter that he was shifted from Dhar to Shahdol, then to Sihora & then to Jabalpur.
Till recently, Judge Srivas was posted as officer on special duty with Jabalpur HC but has again been recently transferred to Neemuch. He said he had informed the Chief Justice & Registrar General about it, but to no avail.
The Judge said that he knew he might lose job or may get arrested & jailed but he won’t deter & would continue the sit-in protest at the High Court.
Source - PTI