The Justice Ministry on Monday notified the transfer of Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee to the Meghalaya High Court after President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the Supreme Court Collegium’s transfer recommendation.
“In exercise of authority conferred by clause (1) of Article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Justice Shri Sanjib Banerjee, Chief Justice of Madras High Court, as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court,” reads the notification from the Ministry of Law and Justice.
The notification states that President Kovind has ordered Justice Banerjee to assume the post of Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the transfer of Justice Banerjee from the Madras High Court with a sanctioned complement of 75 judges to the High Court whose current complement is two judges.
Although the decision was made on September 16, it was made public earlier this week.
Justice Banerjee is the second Madras High Court Chief Justice to be recommended for transfer to Meghalaya in the past two years.
In 2019, then CJ VK Tahilramani resigned in protest after being transferred to Meghalaya.
The transfer of Justice Banerjee within 10 months of taking office prompted 31 senior lawyers from the Madras High Court to submit a representation to the Collegium. Lawyers and the Bar told the Collegium that “constant transfers and postings have left the Madras High Court in a state of constant flux”.