Thursday, May 1, 2014

High court transfers 234 judges in Gujarat

The Gujarat high court has transferred 234 judges of different cadre across the state as part of routine annual transfers. The HC has amended rules and made transfer mandatory for a judicial officer in every three years. This would normally be made during summer vacation.

The list includes 63 district judges, 78 civil judges, 62 senior civil judges, 23 labour court judges and eight judges of industrial courts. They have been asked to take charge by May 7. However, those who have been transferred to family courts are exempted from this deadline.

Additional metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra, who rejected Zakia Jafri's protest petition against SIT's clean chit to chief minister Narendra Modi and others in connection with the 2002 riots case, has been transferred to Gandhidham in Kutch district. Earlier, he was shifted to Anand, but the SIT moved the Supreme Court and his new posting was cancelled during the hearing on SIT's closure report last year.

The HC notifications suggest that there are six judges of district judge cadre that are transferred from the Ahmedabad rural courts. They are B G Doshi, A M Parmar, J B Dhadhal, N M Vyas, K K Dholakia and B L Chauhan. Three judges - J C Doshi, R T Vachhani and B S Upadhyay - have been shifted to the city civil and sessions court.

Chief metropolitan magistrate S V Parekh has been replaced with Y B Bhatt, who is chief judicial magistrate at Valsad. Parekh has been transferred to Gandhidham.

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