THE SUPREME Court Collegium is learnt to have recommended transfer of Orissa High Court Chief Justice S Muralidhar as Chief Justice of Madras High Court.
The SC Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India U U Lalit is also learnt to have finalised names for Chief Justices of three other High Courts – Karnataka, Rajasthan and Bombay. While Karnataka and Rajasthan CJI posts are vacant, Bombay too is likely to fall vacant soon as sitting CJ Dipankar Datta’s name has been recommended for elevation to the SC.
The Madras High Court Chief Justice post had fallen vacant following the retirement of Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari on September 12.
Justice Muralidhar enrolled as an advocate in September 1984 and practiced in the Madras High Courts before shifting to Delhi HC and Supreme Court. In May 2006, he was appointed Additional Judge of Delhi High Court and was made Permanent Judge in August 2007.
In March 2020, he was transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court from where he was elevated as Chief Justiceo of the Orissa HC in January 2021.