New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued a warrant against a Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan. The bailable warrant has been issued for not appearing in a contempt case. As per the Supreme Court order, the warrant has to be served to Justice Karnan by the West Bengal police chief “personally” and he is to be produced on March 31.
The contempt case emerged against 62 year old Justice Karnan for alleged misconduct after he wrote letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others bringing corruption charges among former and current judges across the country. The contempt case will be conducted by a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.
The judge has already been stripped off his judicial and administrative duties by the apex court and in a first in India’s judicial history, the high court judge was issued a contempt notice. He was also transferred from Madras High Court to Calcutta High Court.
The top court will also take up a petition by the wife of a Madras High Court judge who accused Justice Karnan of allegedly harassing their family and bringing false corruption charges against her husband.
Though Justice Karnan was asked to appear in the Supreme Court in February, he had failed to do so after which today the warrant was issued against him.