Supreme Court Sentences Justice Karnan For Contempt Of Court
New Delhi: In an unprecedented order the Supreme Court of India has sentenced Calcutta High Court judge Justice Karnan on Tuesday. The apex court sentenced him to six months for contempt. Justice Karnan will be arrested on Tuesday. He was guilty of contempt of court.
The apex court ordered his immediate arrest.
Justice Karnan is at loggerheads with the Supreme Court since a long time. The court last week ordered the medical tests of Justice Karnan by a medical board which he refused to undergo and called the order of the apex court a mad order by mad judges.
Karnan, 59, is the first sitting HC judge to be convicted of contempt and sent to prison. A seven-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar passed the order.
Justice Karnan, who is a Dalit is alleged to be banking upon his caste to save himself. He accused Justice Khehar and seven other SC judges of discrimination and corruption.
Justice Karnan against whom contempt proceedings were initiated was supposed to appear before Supreme Court on last Monday. But he had defied the orders of the Court as he had done before.
A bench consisting of seven judges headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar directed the DGP of West Bengal to constitute a team to take Justice Karnan for examination by a medical board on May 4. The board was directed to submit its report by May 8 and posted the matter for May 9.
The Supreme Court stripped the judicial and administrative powers off of Justice Karnan on February 8. He was set to retire in June this year.
As Karnan defied the apex court, it had issued an arrest warrant against him, to ensure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case.
However, Justice Karnan refusing the apex court orders hit out saying that they have no locus standi to issue a bailable warrant against a sitting judge and alleged that he was being targeted for being a Dalit.
He also issued an order of registration of a case under SC, ST (prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against the Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar and six other judges.