Justice S Murlidhar.
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The Central government, on Tuesday, 11 October, while approving three recommendations made by the Supreme Court Collegium for the appointment of Chief Justices at the Karnataka, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir High Courts, held back on the transfer of Justice S Muralidhar, presently serving as the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, to the Madras High Court.

The Collegium made a resolution regarding the transfer of Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Dr. S Muralidhar from J&K&L High Court and Orissa High Court as Chief Justices of Rajasthan and Madras High Courts.

Following this, the Department of Justice only notified the transfer of Justice Mithal and other appointments except for the proposal regarding Justice Muralidhar, whose name was a part of the same resolution.

The segregation of collegium resolutions, has come under fire in the past too for giving room to the executive to selectively pick and choose. An instance of the criticism of the splitting of the collegium was apparent especially in the proposals related to Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium (2014), Justice KM Joseph (2018) and Justice Akil Kureshi (2019).

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