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NEW DELHI: The Centre late Wednesday notified the transfer of Justice S Muralidhar from Delhi high court to Punjab and Haryana high court.

Justice Muralidhar was part of the division bench that had rapped Delhi police on non registration of first information report (FIR). He had asked the Delhi Police to take a “conscious decision" on the registration of FIRs against political leaders for allegedly giving hate speeches.

The case would be heard by a division bench headed by Chief Justice DN Patel.

The Supreme Court collegium had recommended the transfer of Justice Muralidhar.

Apart from CJI Bobde, justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman and R Banumathi are part of the new five-judge collegium.

The Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) in its resolution last week had requested the collegium of the Supreme Court to recall the decision to transfer Justice Muralidhar.

Muralidhar began his law practice in Chennai in September 1984 and in 1987 shifted to the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.

His pro bono work included cases for victims of the Bhopal gas disaster and those displaced by the dams on the Narmada. He was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in several PIL cases and in cases involving convicts on the death row.

The Centre has also notified the transfer of Bombay high court judge Justice Ranjit More to Meghalaya high court and that of Karnataka high court judge Justice Ravi VijayKumar Malimath to Uttarakhand high court.

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