Update: Justice Karnan will have to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 to secure bail in the contempt case.
Update: Supreme Court issues bailable warrant against Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan. It says that it is left with no alternative to ensure his presence in court & directs DGP of West Bengal to serve warrant to Justice Karnan.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the petition in regard to the contempt case against Calcutta High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan who allegedly made slanderous attacks against his fellow judge of Madras High Court.
The wife of the Madras High Court judge had approached the top court seeking protection for her husband from the unsubstantiated charges levelled against them, as it was hurting their family’s reputation.
On February 13th, Justice Karnan had skipped his appearance in the Supreme Court, following which his deadline to personally appear before the apex court was extended to three weeks.
A seven-judge bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar granted three weeks to Karnan to appear before the court and to reply to show cause notice issued by it.
At its previous hearing, the Supreme Court had directed Karnan to appear before the court in person in connection with suo motu contempt proceedings. But neither he nor his lawyer presented themselves before it on the date of the hearing.
This is the first time ever that a sitting High Court judge faces a contempt case.
In an unprecedented move, the apex court had invoked its powers to initiate contempt proceedings against Justice Karnan, for writing letters casting aspersions on several judges.
Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High Court judges of the Madras High Court, and he has also allegedly written about Supreme Court judges in his letters to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Asking Justice Karnan to appear in person, a seven-judge constitution bench, headed by CJI Khehar and six other judges directed that Justice Karnan would not discharge any judicial and administrative functions during the pendency of the proceedings.