The Central government has notified the transfer of Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari from Allahabad High Court to Madras High Court.
The notification to that effect dated November 16 has been published on the website of the Ministry of Law and Justice.
"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 Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, Judge of Allahabad High Court, as a Judge of Madras High Court and to direct him to assume charge of the office in Madras High Court," the notification states.
Justice Bhandari is the second senior-most judge at the Allahabad High Court. He served as its acting Chief Justice from June 26 to October 10, after the retirement of Chief Justice Sanjay Yadav.
He became a judge in 2007 when was appointed as a judge of the Rajasthan High Court on July 5 that year. He was then transferred to the Allahabad High Court and took oath as a judge on March 15, 2019.
Back in 2019, the Collegium had reiterated its earlier resolution recommending the transfer of Justice Bhandari from the Rajasthan High Court to the Allahabad High Court. This, after the judge sent two representations requesting that the proposal for his transfer be deferred. On considering the representations as well as the relevant factors, the Collegium had decided to reiterate its recommendation.