NEW DELHI – The farewell function of Justice S Muralidhar, whose midnight transfer from Delhi High Court evoked controversy, draws huge gathering on Thursday. Speaking at his farewell function, Justice Muralidhar said when justice has to triumph, it will triumph.
“On February 17, I received a letter from the Collegium informing me about the proposal to transfer me and sought my response. I acknowledged the letter. If I was to be transferred, I was fine with P&H HC, I said,” Justice Muralidhar said.
A row had erupted after the Centre issued a notification of Justice Muralidhar’s transfer on the night of February 26—the day a bench headed by him had pulled up Delhi Police for not registering a case against three BJP leaders for their hate speeches in the run-up to the violence, which left over 50 dead and hundreds injured. While the Opposition had termed the timing of transfer as shameful, the Union government and the BJP accused Opposition leaders of politicising a “routine” transfer.
Justice Muralidhar also said, “When justice has to triumph, it will triumph … Be with the truth – Justice will be done.” He said that Gandhi’s principle for the weakest people and Ambedkar’s principle for the constitutional morality are his principles.
The transfer of Justice Muralidhar, who is known for his bold pronouncements on communal violence and personal liberty, was condemned “unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms” by the Delhi High Court Bar Association.