Setting an example in the interest of justice, the Gujarat High Court has stayed the transfer of a sessions judge posted at Ahmedabad, who has already completed a marathon trial in a decade-old hooch tragedy case and is due to pronounce the verdict in the matter.
125 people had died due to the consumption of spurious and toxic liquor between July 5 and 7, 2009 in Odhav area of city. The trial, after passing on to several hands, was finally completed by sessions judge DP Mahida.
The stay on Justice Mahida's transfer was granted by the high court's division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav after one of the 24 under-trial accused in the case, Harishankar Kahar, who is languishing in jail for almost the past 10 years, moved the high court seeking a stay on the session judge's transfer.
Notably, the high court administration had recently issued transfer and posting orders for several lower court judges, with Justice Mahida being one of them.