An additional district and sessions judge, tired of being transferred four times in fifteen months, is sitting on a dharna outside the Madhya Pradesh High Court in Jabalpur, demanding reforms in judiciary.
"I will sit till evening today and will again sit here tomorrow, continuing the dharna in coming days. I know High Court may take action against me and I could lose my job but I am no longer scared as someone had to do it," RK Shriwas told reporters outside the court.
"I know High Court may take action against me and I could lose my job but I am no longer scared as someone had to do it."
"Where shall we go? Others can go to government but we have nowhere else to go except the High Court. I have decided to take this step as my conscience told me to do it. As per norms, there should be transfer once in three years but the rules are not followed. I have been transferred every few months — four times in 15 months, my kids are studying in different cities," he said.
Shriwas said he had written to the Chief Justice about the issue but no action was taken. He was shifted from Dhar to Shahdol, then within months to Sihora and then to Jabalpur.
He was posted as officer on special duty with the MP High Court but has again been transferred to Neemuch. He had apprised the Chief Justice and Registrar General of MP HC of the matter, but there was no response.
"The truth on the ground is different. When Supreme Court has laid down norms, they should be followed. I know there is now risk to my job but I made up my mind to come in the forefront. I may be arrested or sent to jail too and I am ready for that," the judge said.