The Central Government on Monday issued a notification in which it was mentioned that Justice Sanjib Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras High Court has now been transferred to Meghalaya High Court.
The notification that was issued in this regard, reads, “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (I) of Article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice Sanjib Banerjee, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court and to direct him to assume charge of the office of the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.”
(1) India Legal on Twitter: “#Centre notified the transfer of Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Shri Sanjib Banerjee as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. https://t.co/a2zOQOydIF” / Twitter
Earlier, the Supreme Court collegium held a meeting on September 16, 2021, in which they had recommended the transfer of Justice Sanjib Banerjee from Madras High Court to Meghalaya High Court.
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However, at that time, the Madras Bar Accossiation passed a resolution in which they urged the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider its recommendation to transfer Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee.
The association said that the transfer is perceived to be punitive and does not augur well for the independence of the judiciary.
Recently, on November 2, Justice Sanjib Banerjee completed 60 years, and he has two more years of service left.