New Delhi, February 8: Supreme Court issues contempt notice to Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan on Wednesday. Also fend him from taking up any judicial or administrative work. Top court asked him to appear in person before it on the coming Monday to explain why contempt proceedings be not initiated against him.A seven-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, also directed Justice Karnan to return all judicial and administrative files in his possession to the Registrar General of the High Court immediately. The judge has already challenged the SC collegium recommendation to transfer him out of his parent high court Madras to Calcutta.
The apex court turned the alleged contemptuous letters written by Justice Karnan against the Madras High Court Chief Justice which were addressed to the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and others, into contempt proceedings against him.
Earlier, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi referred to the nature of public communications allegedly undertaken by Justice Karnan saying they were slanderous and disparaging to the system of administration of justice. The court said, it will act against a sitting High Court judge for the first time and have to be very careful as it will set a precedent for times to come.
Significantly a Calcutta High Court judge, Justice Karnan had recently written to the Prime Minister levelling corruption charges against former Judges of the Supreme Court and sitting judges of Madras High Court and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an enquiry.