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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