Wednesday, February 8, 2017
For the first time in the history of Independent India, the Supreme Court has issued a contempt of court notice against a sitting High Court judge for allegedly disgracing the judicial institution and impeding the course of justice administration.
A Bench of seven senior most judges of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India J.S.Khehar assembled in a packed Court I on Wednesday and heard Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi give his opinion that the Calcutta High Court Judge, Justice C.S.Karnan should face contempt action for his scurrilous letters against sitting and retired High Court and Supreme Court judges. The other judges on the Bench were Justices Dipak Misra, Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B.Lokur, P.C.Ghose and Kurian Joseph.
The Apex court had taken suo motu cognizance of Justice Karnan’s letters and conduct. The Bench ordered Justice Karnan to appear before it on February 13 to defend himself. It also directed him to refrain from undertaking any judicial or administrative work and return all his official files to the Calcutta High Court registry.
Chief Justice Khehar and Rohatgi sounded out senior advocate K.K.Venugopal for rendering assistance on February 13. ‘We have to be very careful. We have to hear all of you and we have to hear him. Everything has to be evaluated as per cause and effect. What we can do, what we cannot do.. if punished, will he remain in office or not’, Khehar said.