The criminal trial of Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam on charges of insider trading was postponed to March 8 from February 28, according to an order by a U.S. judge on Thursday.

The written order provided no reason for the postponement of one of the highest profile trials on record involving allegations of insider trading.

Jim McCarthy, a spokesman for Rajaratnam, declined to comment.

The case is USA v Raj Rajaratnam et al, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 09-01184.

(Reporting by Grant McCool, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)