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In a major reshuffle in the J&K judiciary, 148 judicial officers transferred

Socio Legal Corp

A massive reshuffle of judicial officers took place in the subordinate judiciary of Jammu and Kashmir, following the order of the UT’s High Court demanding the same. The shuffling saw 148 judicial officers being transferred to new places all across the Union Territory of J&K and Ladakh.

The order has transferred 60 District Judges, 66 Civil Judges (Senior Division)/ Sub-Judges and 22 Civil Judges (Junior Division)/ Munsiffs to new places. The order was issued by Shri Jawad Ahmed, the Registrar General of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

In some instances of this reshuffle, Justice Mohan Lal Manhas, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Udhampur has been transferred and posted as Principal District and Sessions Judge, Jammu vice Sanjeev Gupta.

Justice Mohammed Akram Choudhary, Principal District and Sessions Judge Samba has been transferred and posted as Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar vice Abdul Rashid Malik. This list runs long in the official order released.

Besides, 27 charges of the vacant court, JJB (Juvenile Justice Board) and Secretary DLSA (District Legal Service Authority) were also assigned to the Presiding Officers of the Court and JJB.

The order said that “the officers sent on deputation shall report to the Registrar Judicial, High Court of J&K, Srinagar and Jammu till their deputation orders are received from the government”.

“The transferee judges shall ensure that all matters pending for judgments and part heard, are completed and judgments/orders are pronounced in such matters before moving. Besides the transferee officers shall hand over the charge to any other available Judicial Officer and Revenue Officer”.

It seems that the move calls for increased productivity and accountability in the system.

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