In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court on Monday restrained Justice C S Karnan from initiating contempt proceedings against Madras High Court chief justice Sanjay Kishen Kaul in matters relating to recruitment of officers of lower judiciary in the state.
A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu also restrained Justice Karnan from entertaining any matter relating to the recruitment, which he had termed unfair.
“We restrain the judge who initiated the suo-motu proceedings relating to the suo motu writ petition pending before Madras High Court from either hearing or issuing any direction in the said writ petition,” the bench said.
It further said that in all other matters connected with it, there shall not be any interference by any person or authority or judges in completing the process initiated by the HC for selection and appointment of junior judicial officers in Tamil Nadu till disposal of the special leave petition.
Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the High Court registry, said that “the conduct of this judge has brought great disrepute to the High Court by his so-called suo motu judicial order.”
Justice Karnan had triggered a row by threatening to file contempt of court proceedings against Justice Kaul.
Justice Karnan had also threatened to file a case against Justice Kaul under the provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act.