Kolkata, April 14, 2017: Calcutta High Court Judge Justice CS Karnan on Thursday ‘ordered’ the Chief Justice of India and six judges, who have issued contempt notice against him, to appear before him to face proceedings.
Karnan claimed that the seven judges bench have insulted him “wantonly and deliberately” during last month’s SC hearing.
Speaking to media, justice Karnan said, “On 28.04.2017 at 11:30 am, the Hon’ble seven judges as mentioned above will appear before me at my Rosedale Residential Court and give their views regarding quantum of punishment for the violation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act.”
The ‘suo motu judicial order’ was passed from his residence which, the judge said, has now become his “makeshift court at Rosedale, New Town, Kolkata – 700160”.
In his signed order, Justice Karnan has stated that on March 31 he had “pronounced a judgement wherein the Hon’ble seven judges are accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, 1989”.
Justice Karnan’s order further states that the CJI had raised a question regarding his mental health on March 31 and this was endorsed by the six other judges in the bench. The seven judges had insulted him by raising this question in the the open apex court, Justice Karnan claimed.
The apex court had on March 10 issued a bailable warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his presence before it in the matter after he levelled accusations against several judges.
The court had taken a strong note of Justice Karnan’s non-appearance despite being served with the contempt notice and asked the Director General of West Bengal police to execute the warrant to ensure his presence.