Ahmedabad, Dec 19 (UNI) In a surprise move, the Gujarat High Court has ordered transfer of Additional Sessions and Designated POTA Court Judge Sonia Gokani, who was handling several important cases, including the sensitive Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
Ms Gokani, who is known for her uprightness, has been moved to the post of Registrar (Recruitment) in the High Court, official sources in the court said here today.
The transfer of Gokani has caused consternation in the legal faternity as she had handled trials of sensitive cases like the 2002 terrorist attack on Akshardham temple, assassination of former Minister of State for Home, Haren Pandya, Bijal Joshi rape case and others being conducted.
Besides these, her court was also hearing the Sabarmati train carnage case, in which 59 people were killed at Godhra on February 27, 2002, till the Supreme Court stayed the hearing in the matter.
Ms Gokani, who has been provided Z-plus security cover considering the sensitivity of the POTA cases, was elevated as an Additional City Civil Judge in 1995. In 2003, she was appointed as the designated POTA judge.
The high court has also ordered transfer of three other judges.