Monday, October 23, 2023

Justices Madhuresh Prasad and Sudhir Singh to be transferred to High Courts of Calcutta, Punjab and Haryana

The Supreme Court's Collegium recommended transfer of Justice Madhuresh Prasad from Patna High Court to Calcutta High Court. On 3 August 2023, the Collegium had proposed the transfer of Justice Prasad for better administration of justice. In terms of the Memorandum of Procedure, the Collegium consulted Judges of the Supreme Court who, being conversant with the affairs of the High Court of Judicature at Patna, are in a position to offer views on the proposed transfer. It also consulted the Chief Justices of the High Courts of Patna and Calcutta. 

By a letter dated 8 August 2023, Justice Prasad has conveyed his consent to the proposal for his transfer to the Calcutta High Court. He has, however, requested that while taking a final decision in the matter the Collegium may take into consideration the fact that final Board Examination of his younger son is due in February 2024. The Collegium considered the request but did not find any merit in the request. On 10 August 2023, the Collegium reiterated its recommendation dated 3 August 2023 to transfer him to the Calcutta High Court. Justice Prasad was a member of Patna High Court's four member Artificial Intelligence (AI) Committee, a Statutory Committee headed by Chief Justice constituted on 9 October 2023.  He was member of Court's e-Committee in matter of passing resolutions on all matters related with E-committee, a Statutory Committee,  a member of Court's Selection and Appointment Committee for the Sub-ordinate and Higher Judiciary, a Statutory Committee and a member of Court's Committee to scrutinize the service record
of Judicial Officers on their attaining the age of 50 years and 55 years as on 30.9.2018 for exercise of powers under Rule 74(b)(ii) of the Bihar Service Code. He was a member of Court's Litigation and Vetting Committee, Library Committee for High Court and Sub-Ordinate Court, a Statutory Committee and Committee to supervise and to formulate any suggestions relating to policy matters in the matter of preparation of the Budget of the High Court and the Sub-ordinate Judiciary.

The Collegium also recommended the transfer of Justice Sudhir Singh of Patna High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court for better administration of justice on 3 August 2023. The Collegium considered his representation dated 8 August 2023 wherein he requested that before taking a final decision regarding his transfer, the facts submitted by him in his letter may be considered. On 10 August 2023, the Collegium reiterated its recommendation for his transfer. He was a member of Court's Standing Committee (Statutory Committee, Infrastructural Development Committee to consider the infrastructural matters related with the High Court, residence of Judges and Judges Guest House, Committee to work out modalities for setting up of effective investigation wing under the direct control of High Court and to consider the matter regarding framing up of guidelines with regard to genuineness/correctness of allegation petition by the High Court against the Sub-ordinate Judiciary, Arrears Committee for District Courts, Medical Advisory Committee and Committee for sensitization of Family Court matters. 

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