PF scam: Govt puts on hold transfer of judges

A recommendation of the SC collegium to transfer three High Court judges, whose names were allegedly in the list of beneficiaries in the multi-crore Provident Fund scam, has reportedly not found favour with the government.

Updated: May 10, 2010, 14:05 PM IST

New Delhi: A recommendation of the Supreme
Court collegium to transfer three High Court judges, whose
names were allegedly in the list of beneficiaries in the
multi-crore Provident Fund scam, has reportedly not found
favour with the government.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily is learnt to have returned
the file of recommendation to the Chief Justice of India K G
Balakrishnan with a "request to reconsider" the decision,
sources said.

While Justice Sushil Harkauli and Justice J C S Rawat were
transferred to the Jharkhand High Court from Allahabad and
Nainital High Courts respectively, Justice Tarun Agarwal of
the Jharkhand High Court was transferred to Nainital
(Uttarakhand) High Court last year after their names allegedly
figured in the list of beneficiaries in the Ghaziabad PF scam.

The SC collegium had recently recommended that they should
be sent back to the High Courts from where they were
transferred in the later half of 2009.

But the Law Ministry has put its foot down by returning
the recommendation of the five-judge panel.

If the collegium decides to once again recommend their
names for transfer, the government will have to accept it as
per the Memorandum of Procedure which governs the appointment
of members of the higher judiciary.

The three judges were transferred as it was decided that
they should not continue in the same place after their names
allegedly cropped up during investigations.

CBI is yet to file its final report on the investigations
before the Supreme Court which ordered a probe in September
2008.

PTI