Justice B K Roy transferred as CJ of Sikkim High Court

Justice B K Roy transferred as CJ of Sikkim High Court
New Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) Chief Justice B K Roy of Gauhati High Court, who has been in a thick of controvery for his style of functioning, has been transferred as Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court, an official announcement said today.

"The President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, has transferred Justice Roy, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court as the Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court," a Law Ministry statement said, adding Justice Roy has been directed to assume charge of office on or before Sept 30.

Meanwhile, Justice Dinendra Biswas will be the Acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.

In a bid to control growing discontent among Judges of the Gauhati High Court, Collegium of apex Court Judges had recommended transfer of Roy to Sikkim which has a judge strength of three including the Chief Justice.

A trail of controversy has followed Chief Justice Roy right from the time he headed Punjab and Haryana High Court. The High Court witnessed an unprecedented incident as 25 of the total 27 Judges going on leave protesting against Justice Roy's manner of administration of the High Court.

Later, the Collegium of Supreme Court Judges headed by Chief Justice R C Lahoti, recommended Justice Roy's transfer to Patna High Court as Chief Justice. But the Ministry raised an objection saying no Judge could be transferred to his parent High Court as Chief Justice, the sources said.

The Collegium then decided to recommend his transfer Gauhati High Court. Within a short span of his heading the High Court that caters to the seven NE-states with a sanctioned strength of 19 judges, 17 of them wrote to Chief Justice of India complaining and expressing difficulty in working under Justice Roy.

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