Supreme Court sends Justice CS Karnan to jail for six months on contempt charges, orders immediate arrest
Justice CS Karnan, 59, is the first sitting HC judge to be convicted of contempt and sent to prison. A seven-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar passed the order.
The Supreme Court sent Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan to six months in prison on charges of contempt on Tuesday, biting the bullet in an unprecedented face-off in the upper judiciary.
This is the first time a sitting judge of a high court will be arrested and put behind the bars.
The court asked West Bengal’s police chief to arrest justice Karnan immediately. It also ordered the media to keep away from reporting anything on Karnan.
Karnan’s arrest orders came a day after he sentenced chief justice JS Khehar and six other judges of the Supreme Court guilty under the SC /ST act.
Matters between the high court judge and Supreme Court came to a head when the latter initiated contempt proceedings against Karnan after he targeted not just Madras high court judges but also accused the SC judges of discrimination and corruption.
But Karnan took on a fight with the top court, saying he was being targeted because he was a Dalit. He refused to apologise for his comments, alleging discrimination by and corruption in the higher judiciary.
Karnan in his controversial style held press conferences, issued non bailable warrants and even ordered the arrest of judges of the Supreme Court.