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Justice KS Jhaveri, who was a judge of the Gujarat High Court, has been transferred to Rajasthan High Court, assuming office yesterday.
Enrolled at the Bar in 1983, Jhaveri J. was made an additional judge of the Gujarat High Court in 2004 and became a permanent judge in 2005.
Justice Jhaveri was in the news recently when Senior Advocate and former President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association, Yatin Oza had written two letters to Chief Justice of India TS Thakur alleging that Justice Jhaveri and Justice MR Shah owe their allegiance to ‘7 Race Course Road and 11, Akbar road’.
This had led to contempt proceedings against Oza which are currently pending before the Supreme Court.
Oza in his letter had also alleged that the Centre is stalling the transfer of another sitting judge of the Gujarat High Court, Justice MR Shah.
Interestingly, this allegation was substantiated by Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, when he said in open court that the Supreme Court would consider withdrawing judicial work from two judges, Justice MR Shah and Justice Valmiki Mehta of Delhi High Court, if their transfers were not approved by the Centre.
The remark was part of the general dissatisfaction expressed by the court on the delay by the Centre in clearing judicial appointments and transfers; it came about in a PIL filed by one Lt. Col Anil Kabotra concerning delay in judicial appointments.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had sought time to respond to Justice Thakur’s queries and the PIL is now posted for hearing on September 13.
With the recent transfer of Justice Jhaveri, both the Delhi and Gujarat High Court corridors are abound with rumours about the impending transfers of both, Justice Valmiki Mehta and Justice MR Shah.