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Transferred judge says he is 'being crucified'
February 09, 2007 16:54 IST
Justice B J Shethna of the Gujarat high court, who has been transferred to Sikkim following a public squabble with a brother judge, said on Friday he was being 'crucified for speaking the truth' and made it clear he would not resign.
Shethna was particularly unhappy over the fact that the collegium of the Supreme Court did not get his version of the altercation with Justice P B Majumdar on January 11 before deciding to transfer him.
"I am just being crucified for speaking the truth," he told PTI.
Though Sethna was earlier reportedly quoted by a daily as saying that he would resign if he was transferred, he said this was 'not true'.
"Why should I resign? Have I done anything wrong," he asked. "No inquiry has been conducted by the collegium of the Supreme Court before taking this decision. I have not been asked anything by the collegium."
Majumdar, too, has been transferred, and will be sent to a high court other than where Shethna was shifted.
Shethna denied having assaulted Majumdar, who, he alleged, was 'taking revenge' on him for 'personal grievances'.
These reasons, he claimed, included passing strictures against Majumdar's son for 'unethical practice' and removing Majumdar from the post of editor-in-chief of Nyaya Path magazine.
Shethna said he had raised these issues in a letter written to former chief justice Y K Sabharwal last month.
Shethna indicated Majumdar's letter to Gujarat's acting Chief Justice Y R Meena -- in which Majumdar made several allegations against him -- was leaked to the media.
"Earlier, I did not know what allegations were made in that letter (of Majumdar). I came to know about the content of that letter only when it was printed in the media," he said.
Former chief justice Sabharwal had written a letter to Shethna dated January 12 in which he said there was a proposal to transfer him from Gujarat to Sikkim.
Responding to Sabharwal's letter, Shethna presented his side of the event to defend himself.
"Now, (when Majumdar's letter has appeared in the media) I have no option but to make my letter public," he said.
Shethna, in his letter to Sabharwal, presented his version of what happened on January 11 and cited reasons why he should not be transferred to Sikkim. In this letter, he said Majumdar was 'taking revenge' on him because of personal grievances.