Retired High Court Chief Justice Muralidhar will practice law again, SC designates him as ‘Senior Advocate’

Justice (Dr) S Muralidhar: Justice (Dr) S Muralidhar, who retired from the post of former Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, will now practice as a senior advocate. In fact, the full court meeting of the Supreme Court, in its decision of October 16, has nominated the retired Chief Justice as senior advocate. Before the Odisha High Court, Justice Muralidhar had also served as a judge of the Punjab-Haryana High Court and Delhi High Court during his 17-year tenure.

According to the report of Live Law, such ‘designation’ guidelines for the designation of senior advocates have been given by the Supreme Court in the context of 2023. Such guidelines were prepared by the Secretary General of the apex court in compliance with the decision of May 12, 2023 passed in the case of ‘Indira Jaising vs. Supreme Court’.

Controversial comments were made on Delhi Police
According to Bar & Bench report, Justice Muralidhar was transferred from Delhi High Court to Punjab-Haryana High Court. Soon after his transfer, Justice Muralidhar had also made controversial comments regarding the Delhi Police’s handling of the 2020 Delhi riots.

Chief Justice of Odisha High Court between January 2021 and August 2023
According to the report, Justice (Dr) S Muralidhar retired in August this year. Before retirement, Justice Muralidhar served as the Chief Justice of Odisha High Court between January 2021 and August 2023.

After Odisha, recommendation was also made for the Chief Justice of Madras High Court.
After his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court, he was eventually recommended to be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court as well, but in this case no response to the recommendation was received from the Central Government. After this, the proposal was withdrawn by the collegium in April this year. Due to this, he retired from the post of Chief Justice of Odisha High Court.

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