Justice Karnan vs Supreme Court: saga of a defiant judge

In a first, SC issues contempt notice against HC Judge Karnan

A view of the Supreme Court of India.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

A seven-judge Bench of the seniormost judges of the Supreme Court on Wednesay, in an unprecedented move, issued contempt of court notice against sitting Calcutta HC judge C.S. Karnan for impeding justice administration and bringing discredit to the judicial institution of the country by writing scurrilous letters about sitting and retired judges.

The Bench, led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, ordered Justice Karnan to appear in person before it on February 13 to show cause to the court why contempt proceedings should not be taken against him.

The Bench comprised Justices Dipak Misra, J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur, P.C. Ghose and Kurian Joseph.

The Bench directed Justice Karnan to forthwith refrain from undertaking any judicial or administrative work and return all his official files to the Calcutta HC Registry.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted before the Bench that the time has come for the highest judiciary to take cognisance of Justice Karnan's alleged misconduct and protect the judiciary.

Mr. Rohatgi said the Supreme Court as the apex judiciary is empowered under Articles 129 read with its extraordinary powers under Article 142 (2) to punish a member of the High Court and subordinate judiciary for contempt.

Chief Justice Khehar said the the Supreme Court has never done this before and has to take every care before punishing a sitting judge. "We have to hear him and we have to hear everyone. I have received several letters from him. I know his signature. But we still want to hear him... if he denies that he had written these letters... We have to be as careful as we can," Chief Justice Khehar observed.

Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 15, 2022 4:57:16 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/In-a-first-SC-issues-contempt-notice-against-HC-Judge-Karnan/article17245716.ece

In Depth
Delhi High Court dismisses Justice Karnan’s plea against contempt law
Karnan petitions Ram Nath Kovind seeking remission of sentence
Jailing a judge: On Justice Karnan arrest
Justice Karnan
Karnan: a long history of confrontation with colleagues
Supreme Court registry dismisses Justice Karnan’s writ petition
Jail for contempt: Justice Karnan seeks President’s intervention
Justice Karnan tells SC he wants to challenge his conviction
SC sentences Justice Karnan to six months imprisonment
Karnan orders 5-year RI for CJI, 7 other SC judges
Justice Karnan refuses to undergo medical test
Karnan issues warrant against CJI, six judges
SC orders Karnan to be medically examined
Now, Karnan ‘bans’ travel of SC judges
Justice Karnan's outrageous defiance
Karnan directs SC judges to appear before him
Karnan visits HC, doesn’t do administrative, judicial work
Arrest me, imprison me, Karnan dares SC
Respond to contempt notice in four weeks, SC tells Justice Karnan
Justice Karnan rejects warrant issued by Supreme Court
Justice Karnan threatens to prosecute SC judges
Supreme Court issues bailable warrants against Justice Karnan
Justice Karnan fails to show up in SC
Justice Karnan: Contempt notice a violation of natural justice principles
You are reading
In a first, SC issues contempt notice against HC Judge Karnan
Madras High Court judge C. S. Karnan.
Passed erroneous order due to mental frustration: Karnan
Madras High Court judge C. S. Karnan.
Judicial hierarchy comes under strain as Madras HC judge ‘stays’ his transfer
Madras High Court judge C. S. Karnan.
Justice Karnan’s judicial journey
Supreme Court on Monday refused to pass an interim order on a fervent plea of Congress against “illegal” swearing-in of its rebel leader Kalikho Pul-led government in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it can “set the clock back” if the Governor’s actions are found unconstitutional.
Stop allotting work to Justice Karnan, SC tells Madras High Court
Collegium recommends transfer of High Court judges
Next Story