The Advocates Association of Bangalore (AAB) and the State Bar Council on Friday welcomed the transfer of Karnataka Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, who is facing corruption charges, to Sikkim High Court.

“I welcome the decision of President Pratibha Patil to give her assent to the transfer of Chief Justice P D Dinakaran to Sikkim High Court. This vindicates the stand of the Association,” AAB president K. N. Puttegowda told PTI.

“We are grateful to the honourable judges of the Supreme Court Collegium for transferring Justice Dinakaran. Our concern was only to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the great institution of judiciary and not against any individual,” he said.

Jayakumar S. Patil, chairman of the Karnataka Bar Coucil, also welcomed the decision.

Justice Dinakaran is facing impeachment in Parliament over allegations of land grabbing in his hometown in Tamil Nadu.

The elevation of Chief Justice Paul Daniel Dinakaran to the Supreme Court was strongly opposed by the lawyers’ fraternity here who requested the Chief Justice of India and Union Law Minister not to appoint him as Supreme Court judge.

The matter was then referred to the Supreme Court Collegium.

Justice Dinakaran has not been performing any judicial functions since December 2009 when the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha admitted a motion seeking his removal on charges of corruption and abuse of his judicial office.