New Delhi, February 8: The Supreme Court issued a bailable warrant against Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan to ensure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case. Reportedly, DGP of West Bengal has been asked to execute the warrant.A seven-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said that the bench was left with no option but to issue warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his presence in court to face contempt charges for making baseless allegations.
Earlier in February, SC issues contempt notice to Judge CS Karnan and 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.
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.