Supreme Court issues bailable warrant against Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan in contempt case

Justice Karnan was on February 8 directed to show up in court to respond to a contempt notice, issued by a suo motu proceeding for writing letters, in which he levelled corruption charges against several sitting and retired judges.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2017 12:34 pm
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The Supreme Court issued a bailable warrant against Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan after he failed to show up in compliance of the contempt proceedings initiated against him for writing contentious letters against sitting and retired apex court and high court judges. The apex court noted it was left with no alternative.

The court has directed the West Bengal DGP to personally execute the warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his appearance before it on March 31, PTI reported.

Justice Karnan was on February 8 directed to show up in court to respond to a contempt notice, issued by a suo motu proceeding for writing letters, in which he levelled corruption charges against several sitting and retired judges.

Earlier in February, the seven-judge bench led by Chief Justice JS Khehar was mulling various options under the law. The court had said that it would give Justice Karnan adequate time to prepare his reply to the showcause notice under the Contempt of Courts Act and present his case.

During a hearing in February, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had brought on record a letter purportedly written by Justice Karnan to the court registry, making several accusations against the judges on the bench that had issued the contempt notice. “He has brought down the dignity of this court and is acting in a fashion that might shake the public confidence in the system. Let formal charges be framed against him and ask him to respond,” the Attorney General had said then.

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    Dhanvinder singh
    Mar 10, 2017 at 7:23 am
    Legislation has to amend contempt act. Step of apex court of issuing warrants to Justice Karnam is not praiseworthy or timely one and totally unprecedented one.When allegations have been levelled against serving judges and judicial setup. It would increase feeling of hateredness in the mind of indian people and somewhat heat would be suffered by Judicial system in the process. DS Nigha
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      Balaji
      Mar 10, 2017 at 7:58 am
      Pointing out the corrupt person in a system is not shaking the confidence rather protecting them is the real cause to shake. We should not believe the man we should believe the system to act perfectly. If any body found guilty, then he is bound to face the punishment irrespective of the position he hold.
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        Mad about
        Mar 10, 2017 at 7:10 am
        Lalu was given bail by the judge, who became Rajya Sabha MP from his party later on - what was it? Jaylalitha was convicted then filed for appeal in higher court, and her party started celebrating even before the verdict - what was it. We must understand one thing - no body can reach to the top courts without being corrupt. The sitting judges can issue contempt notices (they do it to save their corrupt fraternity, nothing else), can issue warrants - so what, we all know the truth that prevails in India. Justice Karnan should be protected by the people (No police can arrest Raj Thakrey, despite several warrants), and arrests must not be allowed. He is an honest savior for the rights of poor common people of India, which people in power would never like and respect.
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          Manas Ranjan
          Mar 10, 2017 at 8:54 am
          I do not understand what is the falt of this judge? Why this public humilation that also for first time?
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            Manas Ranjan
            Mar 10, 2017 at 8:56 am
            I support this judge.
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              Kulmohan Singh
              Mar 10, 2017 at 8:49 am
              A beginning is made by bringing a judge to trial in a defamation suit. Would they consider bringing judges to trial for dereliction of duty, judges that presided over 1984 riots cases and drew ries over last 33 years without dispensing justice to victims in times of a polarised Society ? 1984 riots were matters of life and death and far more serious than a defamation suite.
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                Kulmohan Singh
                Mar 10, 2017 at 8:44 am
                A beginning is made by bringing a judge to trial in a defamation suit. Would they consider bringing judges to trial for destruction duty, judges that presided over 1984 riots cases and drew ries over last 33 years without dispensing justice to victims ? 1984 riots were matters of life and death and far more serious than a defamation suite.
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                  Mayur Panghaal
                  Mar 10, 2017 at 6:34 am
                  ha ha ha ....what a joke !!lt;br/gt;Dead Arunachal CM Khaliko Puls suicide note has even more explosive stuff.lt;br/gt;Arunachal CM Khalikho Pul wrote in his suicide note that Chief Justice Khehar singh's son and Justice Deepak Misra's brother asked him for crores to rule in his favour.lt;br/gt;In the recent past,ex attorney general Soli Sorabjee's sons account was found in Panama Files lt;br/gt;------------------lt;br/gt;India is a feast for vultures.
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                    Manas Sarkar
                    Mar 10, 2017 at 7:49 am
                    Honest people faces trouble everywhere, including in courts. Karnan is one of them. Hope god will give him power to fight these corrupted people.
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                      Narendra M
                      Mar 10, 2017 at 10:07 am
                      Even uming that Justice Karnan has not done thing wrong, right thing for him to do is say whether he did or did not write those letters which have compelled the Supreme Court to take notice. Once he does that, the apex Court can decide what kind of disciplinary action can be taken against him.
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                        Naresh
                        Mar 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm
                        Law will take it's own course
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                          pravin s
                          Mar 10, 2017 at 7:16 am
                          absolutely correct most corrupt are bla ck co ats
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                            pravin s
                            Mar 10, 2017 at 6:02 am
                            br ah mn nist to save ones skin are hunting a da lit judge - man us m riti - in cou rts - india hijacked by manu wa dis
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                              pravin s
                              Mar 10, 2017 at 6:50 am
                              do these cowa rds have g uts to issue war rant against CM ba dal for openly making contempt of court and digging syl canal lt;br/gt;i di ots are not selected by any exam but colle gium themselves selecting themselves - biggest fra ud of india is colle guim - and giving dici sion by mediocre i di ots
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                                pravin s
                                Mar 10, 2017 at 7:18 am
                                it was same SCC who did not imp ounded pas sport of great ma llya ami cus curie of cco urt s ins pite of CBI and banks requesting so many times but literally sccc esc orted ma llya out of ind ia iin safe havens
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                                  Ravishankar
                                  Mar 10, 2017 at 10:16 am
                                  Law is law salut or lalit
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                                    Ravishankar
                                    Mar 10, 2017 at 10:33 am
                                    Matter may now be referred to collegium. Hope it will not end up as effluvium
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                                      Ravishankar
                                      Mar 10, 2017 at 10:17 am
                                      Should read d-alit or lalit
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                                        Mar 10, 2017 at 6:19 am
                                        Thank God there are no reservations in the judiciary, otherwise this corrupt fellow would have been drumming up support of all reserved politicians against the judges
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