Gujarat riots cases: SC refuses to stay transfer of a judge

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the transfer of a judge hearing the Gujarat riots cases saying it is an administrative matter to be decided by the state High Court.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 22:11 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused
to stay the transfer of a judge hearing the Gujarat riots
cases saying it is an administrative matter to be decided by
the state High Court.
A special bench headed by Justice D K Jain said these are
routine transfers and it has to be decided by the High Court.

The bench turned down the plea of Special Investigating
Team seeking its direction to stay the transfer of a judge who
has been hearing Naroda Patia case on the ground that the
trial is at advance stage and the transfer can delay the
outcome of the case.
"These are administrative orders and we should avoid
passing orders. If we say that she(the judge) should not be
transferred, then same would apply to other cases and the
matter would get complicated," the bench said.

The court asked the SIT to approach the Chief Justice
of the Gujarat High Court on the issue.

PTI