In a 'rarest of the rare' development, Justice Karnan remains defiant and has ruled out attending contempt of court proceedings in Supreme Court on March 31st.
In a ‘rarest of the rare’ development, Justice Karnan remains defiant and has ruled out attending contempt of court proceedings in Supreme Court on March 31st despite the fact that the SC had issued a bailable warrant against him on last Friday. For the first time ever, a sitting High Court judge – Justice Karnan – was summoned before the Supreme Court to respond to a contempt charge. A seven-judge bench of the apex court issued contempt of court notice to Justice CS Karnan of the Calcutta High Court.
The very fact that a seven-judge bench is hearing this is a rare instance because it is usually heard by a two or three-judge bench. This development indicates quite clearly how seriously the apex court was taking this matter. What is more shocking to the Bar and the Bench is that Justice Karnan appears to remain defiant.
The latest reports indicate that the Bar is increasingly unhappy with this face-off. Senior advocate and member of Rajya Sabha, Ram Jethmalani reportedly reacted by writing a letter to the defiant Judge, asking him to withdraw his remarks and he has even offered to counsel the Judge. However, it appears unlikely that this advice would be taken seriously by the learned Judge.
In 2011, Justice Karnan had held a press conference where he accused a fellow sitting judge of the same High Court of ”caste discrimination” and that he had touched him with his foot. Following this in 2015, the same Judge interrupted arguments that were taking place in another courtroom of the Madras High Court.
It has also been reported that Justice Karnan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he had listed out the names of 20 judges of various High Courts and Supreme Court, alleging corruption and seeking a probe on them.
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March 31st will be a D-day to watch out for!