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Justice Nikhil Kariel Transfer Row | "Will Examine Objections": CJI DY Chandrachud Assures Gujarat Lawyers, Asks Them To End Strike

Sparsh Upadhyay
21 Nov 2022 11:12 AM GMT
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The Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud today met the representatives of the Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association to discuss the objections being raised by the Association to the proposed transfer of Justice Nikhil Kariel to Patna High Court.

The CJI assured the representatives of the Bar that the issues raised by them would be duly examined, however, he strongly conveyed that since such assurance has been given, the Advocates should not abstain from work.

The meeting, which took place in the presence of 2 other members of the Collegium (Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Mukesh R. Shah), lasted for about 30 minutes. A detailed representation was made and the anguish and objections of the Bar against the transfer of Justice Nikhil Kariel were conveyed to the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India.

It may be noted that GHCAA has not taken any decision to end the protest as yet.

It may be noted that the GHCAA has been staging protests against Justice Kariel's proposed transfer. On 17 November, the Association decided to abstain from appearing before the Benches. Passing a resolution to this effect, the Association called Justice Nikhil S. Kariel the 'finest, upright, honest and unbiased' judge and resolved to show its displeasure in this regard.

Stating that the proposed transfer is not in the
right taste, the resolution of the association stated that it had been unanimously decided by the members of the Bar to strongly oppose any such steps and that they shall protest indefinitely till the issue is resolved by the Chief Justice of India and the Collegium.

The decision to pass this resolution was taken by the Association in an urgent meeting convened yesterday hours after the members of the bar gathered today in the court of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar to protest against the proposed SC Collegium decision.

When CJ Aravind Kumar asked the lawyers about the purpose of their presence in large numbers before the Court, Senior Advocate Mihir Thakore said that they were against the proposed transfer of Justice Kariel to Patna High Court and that they wished to observe two minutes of silence.

"We are here to mourn the death of independent judiciary," Senior Advocate Thakore said.

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