Following the recommendation of the Collegium, the Centre notified the transfer of six judges of the High Court on Friday. Out of these six judges, four were recommended for return to their parent High Courts, reported Bar and Bench. These six judges are Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, Justice Pavankumar Bhimappa Bajanthri, Justice Satrughana Pujahari, Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad, Justice Raghvendra S Chauhan and Justice Rajiv Sharma.
Justice Nirmaljit Kaur has been transferred from the Rajasthan High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. She was reportedly the whistleblower of the 2008 cash-in-bag scam, which involved a then-sitting High Court judge in a case of bribery. At the time, a clerk of an advocate dropped of a bag containing Rs 15 lakh at her doorstep, meant for Justice Nirmal Yadav. After Justice Nirmaljit Kaur informed the police about the incident, following which a CBI probe was initiated. She has been serving at the Rajasthan High Court since July 2012.
Justice Satrughana Pujahari from the Madras High Court to the Orissa High Court. He was appointed as a judge in the Madras High Court in November 2017. Karnataka High Court judge Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan was transferred to the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Court at Hyderabad.
Uttarakhand High Court Justice Rajeev Sharma was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Pavankumar B Bajanthri has been asked to transfer from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Karnataka High Court. Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad, who has been at the Orissa High Court since March 2015 has been transferred to the Jharkhand High Court.
Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, Justice Pavankumar B Bajanthri, Justice Satrughana Pujahari and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad have been repatriated to their parent High Courts. The repatriation was recommended by the Collegium by way of four resolutions on October 29.All judges have been asked to assume charge on or before November 22.