How can SC issue gag order… I am like Ambedkar’s adopted son, says Justice Karnan

The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred the media from publishing any orders passed by Karnan.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: May 12, 2017 10:21 am
justice karnan, cs karnan, calcutta high court justice karnan, supreme court, karnan to be jailed,, karnan-prison, justice khehar, india news, indian express Justice C S Karnan in Chennai. (Express Photo)

LESS THAN an hour after the Supreme Court sentenced him to jail for six months, Calcutta High Court Judge C S Karnan announced that he had issued an order setting aside the apex court’s order against him.

“The Supreme Court issued the order at 11 am. At 11.20 am, I issued an order setting aside the Supreme Court’s order. How can they issue such a gag order to media against publishing my statements,” he said, speaking to mediapersons in his room at the Chepauk government guesthouse here.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred the media from publishing any orders passed by Karnan.

READ | SC sends HC judge Karnan to jail for contempt, gags press on him

Karnan issued a written statement on his letter pad and claimed it as an order. He said he had also issued directions to the CBI to register cases against seven Supreme Court judges under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

“Am I an anti-social element? Am I a terrorist? How can they issue a gag order, it’s illegal. Without hearing my side, they have passed several orders against me. I am not afraid of arrest or prison. The general public is behind me. This is a complete failure of the judicial system. I have seen prisons already,” he said. “As a High Court Judge, I have visited Karur, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari prisons,” he added.

Asked if he was afraid of going to jail, he said: “I am like Napoleon, an adopted son of Dr Ambedkar… They say I am insane. If I am insane, how can I be sent to prison?”

Asked if he plans to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, he said he has no “appellate remedy” regarding withdrawing of his portfolios. “I already sent representations to the President of India. So far, no action has been taken in this regard. The Supreme Court order (against him) is not maintainable in law, I am setting aside the Supreme Court’s gag order against media. This is not an issue between seven judges and me. It’s an issue of corruption in the judiciary, which is being ignored,” he said.

He said he had sent numerous complaints to the apex court against corrupt judges. “My complaints should have been decided on merit, but it was not done. Attorney General (Mukul Rohatgi) failed to apprise the Supreme Court properly,” he said.

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    Sreedhara
    May 10, 2017 at 10:11 pm
    You are completely correct, Mr Justice Karnan. I am in full support of you. Hats off to you
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      Shahid Ullah
      May 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm
      Karnan seems have lost his sense. By issuing orders to arrest sitting judges. HE WILL SPOIL HIS CAREER ONCENTRE HE IS RETIRED.
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        Pacific
        May 10, 2017 at 2:13 pm
        I feel pity about Justice Karnan. He has dared an elephant - the judicial system of India. How foolish it is on the part of PM and the apex court not probe into the allegations of corruptions in the judiciary made by Karnan? This is how it goes when mad-men sit on top for ru .....
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          Dharmendra
          May 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm
          Justice Karnan people are with you. This corrective effort of Justice Karnan should have wide public support and should not go in vain.
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            Jamina
            May 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm
            Indian express people has no brain ? SC has said no interviews of Karnan should be published, still you are publishing Karnan's reaction. You are committing contempt of SC. You too will land in jail.
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              Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan
              May 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm
              Napolean has said: "I can face two battalions but not two scribes". Indian express scribes are with brain as said by Napolean. Though SC has said no interviews of Karnan should be published, still it has published Karnan's reaction. People like Jamina, Shaihd Ullah,Vijay, May flower, Naren, Gajanan, Deepak, SL, Rameshnk, Vipul Mehata,Ramakrishna Tumuluri,harun,Rajat,Citizen must be punished for talking against freedom of press and expression and also under prevention of atrocities act for insulting, Dr Ambedkar, Karnan and Ms mayawati.
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              Dharmendra
              May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm
              Allegations of Justice Karnan should have been investigated and if found wrong, recommendations should have been made to the parliament for his impeachment. what supreme court is doing is not as per law.
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                Vijay
                May 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                That is one flaw in our law pertaining to SC . You cannot touch them even if they are fault. Same is the case with Mayawati. She does corruption and if you pinpoint she will quickly bring Manuvadi at ude in. In this case even if he is adopted son of Ambedkar - does this put him above law ?
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                  TIHAEwale
                  May 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm
                  Karnan fight till death, this gag order issued by your elder brothers will not stand scrutiny
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                    May Flower
                    May 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm
                    Ambedkar himself would disown law-breaking judges.
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                      TV
                      May 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                      BRAHMINS RULE!! M/
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                        Naren
                        May 10, 2017 at 11:56 am
                        If he is insane, how can he be sent to jail? If he is sane, why not take cognizance of his allegations? No bothering about the issue that why is he behaving like this at this stage. This shows lack of knowledge and awareness regarding psychological issues. Whatever he is, still a Chief Justice of a High Court. If a judge can be put in jail for contempt then what should be done to corrupt judges, IMPEACHMENT ?
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                          Jamina
                          May 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm
                          SC has taken note of Karnan's statement that he is of fine mind and also the statement of police who went for taking him to medical exam that he looked fine mentally. So insanity can not be used here to escape.
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                          gajanan
                          May 10, 2017 at 11:49 am
                          This is Dalit Terrorism which is subversive in nature.
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                            karnan
                            May 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                            u people foo public by putting elephant head over human body what is u r credibility r big jokes to the world
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                              Jamina
                              May 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm
                              you wont believe elephant head on human body but u will believe jesus has unbegotten child of mary ? U wont ask how a child can be born that way ?
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                              khehar
                              May 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                              which of u r brahmin judges are selected by any competative exam shame on u who defends people selected by their friends by collegium judges r nothing but hidden safron terror outfits dragging cases till complanant dies by taking money
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                              karnan
                              May 10, 2017 at 11:44 am
                              it is justice karnan has become gali ki haddi of brahmnist judges of supreme corrupt
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                                Deepak
                                May 10, 2017 at 11:42 am
                                Hey IE have u gone mad....SC clearly mentioned not to publish anything said or other order given by justice karnan...show some respect towards highest judiciary of the nation..
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                                  Jamina
                                  May 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm
                                  true, indian express a bunch of jokers, no brain
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                                  Mad about
                                  May 10, 2017 at 11:37 am
                                  Justice Karnan may be insane or whatever, but why his allegations of corruption is not being probed to clear the doubt in public mind. Judges can bar all criticism against them in the name of contempt of court. Lalu was freed by a Patna HC judge, who became RS member from his party after retirement. AIADMK started celebrating Jayalalitha acquittal 2 days in advance before verdict in Karnataka HC - was it not corruption? In fact Indian judiciary is as corrupt as everything else in India. They must open themselves to scrutiny and criticism. In fact then must adopt Jury system of the developed nations where public is involved in hearing both the sides in court and decide the verdict.
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                                    prakash
                                    May 10, 2017 at 11:37 am
                                    The problem in India is comments are issued by viewers or readers without understanding basic tenets of law.. Mindset is just against dalit or invidual acts than going into the cons ution or law.. Leave aside who is Justice Karnan but he is appointed as cheif justice of High Court and he can be impeached only through Parliament 2 /3 majority, In this case Judicial overreach occured by Supreme court.. Who can question the Supreme Court Judges if they do wrong.. Blame the Collegium System which has appointed Justice Karnan instead of bypassing the cons ution by the highest judiciary of India.. Its a blot in democracy and error committed by Supreme Court now where will a common rely or go to .....
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                                      TIHAEwale
                                      May 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                                      laws are framed by rich and powerful to protect their vested interest
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                                      S L
                                      May 10, 2017 at 11:16 am
                                      He has lowered the dignity of judiciary and also of those whom he claims to represent
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                                        rameshnk
                                        May 10, 2017 at 10:58 am
                                        This man shamelessly uses his Dalit card, invokes Babsaheb? If Babsaheb were alive today, he would realise how he is so aclled folowers are msuising his name for their ulterior motive. It appears jail is not the right place for this mna. But a mental ylum. The way he conducts himself his mental calibre is seriously in question.
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                                          Murali
                                          May 10, 2017 at 9:28 am
                                          Corrupt judges and corrupt nation , what a shame. Youth arise awake and stop. not the corrupt is punished
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                                            Vipul Mehta
                                            May 10, 2017 at 7:46 am
                                            Mr Karnan is right or wrong is subjudisial but where The great Ambedkarji fits in his arguments. This is pity, when people in trouble caste, creed, region, relogion crops up.
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                                              Ramakrishna Tumuluri
                                              May 10, 2017 at 7:32 am
                                              Since we have such psychos and eccentrics like Kannan in our judicial cadre it is time we go into all the cases decided by Kannan in the past just to ensure that there had been no injustice done by his past decisions in those cases handled by Kannan -------it may be not inappropriate here to mention that there was in France a judge who used to award death sentences frequently just for the thrill it gave him, since it gave him a Kick to see people in the noose ----it was after his death his diary revealed such cruelty on the part of a judge----We have to also purge our judiciary of corrupt people at various levels to including crowned men of Collegiate system
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