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Anger as judge critical of Delhi violence removed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDelhi religious riots: ‘Mobs set fire to my house and shop’The transfer of a judge critical of the violence in Delhi has raised concerns in India, as politicians come under fire for perceived inaction.Justice S Muralidhar, who was hearing a petition into the religious riots, had sharply…

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Media captionDelhi religious riots: ‘Mobs set fire to my house and shop’The transfer of a judge critical of the violence in Delhi has raised concerns in India, as politicians come under fire for perceived inaction.Justice S Muralidhar, who was hearing a petition into the religious riots, had sharply condemned both the government and police on Wednesday.Orders for his immediate transfer came late at night the same day. More than 30 people have been killed so far in the deadliest violence the Indian capital has seen in decades.The clashes first broke out on Sunday between protesters for and against a controversial citizenship law in north-east Delhi.But they have since taken on communal overtones, with reports of many Muslims being attacked.Even though the violence largely abated on Wednesday, there were reports of sporadic clashes in affected areas overnight and the city remains tense.On Thursday, focus had shifted to Justice Muralidhar’s transfer from the Delhi high court. His move was first announced nearly two weeks before the violence broke out, but BBC correspondents say that his biting comments in court may have hastened his transfer. However, the government has insisted that the move was not politically motivated.

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The violence has killed more than 30 people so far

While hearing petitions about the violence, the judge said that the court could not let “another 1984” happen on its “watch”. In 1984, more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in riots against the community in Delhi.Videos showing leaders from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) inciting Hindu crowds against largely Muslim protesters were played during the cases he was hearing. Justice Muralidhar then questioned how police were registering complaints and directed the government to ensure that any displaced victims were given temporary shelter as well as medical treatment. His comments made headlines on Wednesday, with
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