SC Requests Karnataka HC Judge, Who Alleged Transfer Threat, To Defer Hearing For Three Days

“We think it is fit to request the learned judge to defer the hearing for three days”, said the top court.

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday requested Justice HP Sandesh of Karnataka High Court, who has been passing several adverse remarks and directions against the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Karnataka, to defer the hearing in the case for three more days.

A bench led by the Chief Justice of India made this request as the order passed by Justice Sandesh yesterday, where he recorded that he had received a threat of transfer from a sitting judge for passing orders against the ACB Chief, is not uploaded yet.

The bench of CJI NV Ramanna, Justices Krishna Murari, and Hima Kohli was considering the petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Karnataka and its chief Seemant Kumar Singh ADGP against certain adverse observations made by Justice Sandesh.

The ADGP, in his plea, has sought expunction of adverse remarks of Justice Sandesh during the hearing of a bail application. Justice Sandesh called the ACB a “collection center” and Mr. Singh it’s head a “tainted officer”.

The ACB Chief ADGP Seemant Kumar Singh had become the centre of controversy last week after Justice HP Sandesh of the High Court made a sensational statement in the open court that he received indirect threats of transfer after passing several directions against ACB.

Later, on July 11, the high court judge also dictated an order in which he, reportedly stated that he was threatened with transfer and the threat of transfer was conveyed to him by another sitting judge.”We think it is fit to request the learned judge to defer the hearing for three days…This period will allow us to peruse the order passed by the judge on July 11,” top court said.

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