The nomination comes four months after his retirement on November 17, 2019. His tenure as CJI was marred by allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a Supreme Court woman employee — he was cleared of the charge by an in-house panel before he demitted office.
The 83-year-old died on Sunday after a cardiac arrest. His last rites will take place on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad have expressed their condolences.
The bench upheld Rule 151 of Gujarat High Court Rules, which allows access to certified copies of judgments, orders and pleadings to a third-party — or those not party to a case — only under the order of an officer of the court.
Justice Muralidhar is considered empathetic, fair, unswerving, and honest to the core. From his 14-year stint as judge to his long years as a lawyer, the opinion is unanimous on the judge who pulled up Delhi Police over the riots last week, hours before he was transferred to Punjab and Haryana HC.
In its judgments, the Supreme Court has underlined that while ordering arrest of the accused, a magistrate must satisfy herself that the arrest is justified, and that prima facie the FIR has the ingredients that make the offence of sedition.
This recommendation, which comes a year after a similar move to transfer Justice Muralidhar was discussed but stalled, was condemned “unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms” Wednesday by the Delhi High Court Bar Association which said lawyers would abstain from work Thursday in protest.
While the current Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, is set to retire this week, Justices S C Dharmadhikari, B P Dharmadhikari and R V More — the next three judges in seniority — are also set to move out.
The Ram Janmabhoomi case had brought K Parasaran out of retirement after a period of 10 yrs. Now the 93-year-old is in the middle of all the action, from the Sabarimala case that is set to define the contours of right to religion, to the trust that will build the Ayodhya temple.