New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India today held Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to jail for six months, ordering that he be taken into custody forthwith.
A seven-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, ordered the sentence by observing: “We are of the unanimous view that Justice C S Karnan committed contempt of court, contempt of judiciary and the process.”
The Supreme Court bench also comprised Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph. The bench ordered that Justice Karnan be sentenced for six months in jail and said: “The sentence shall be executed and he be taken into custody forthwith.”
Media has been barred from publishing the contents of any further orders passed by Justice Karnan.
Senior advocate K K Venugopal, whp appeared for Registrar General of Madras High Court, said that if Justice Karnan is sent to jail, it would create a blemish of a sitting judge being sent to jail for contempt.
“If we do not send him to jail, there will be a blemish that Supreme Court has condoned the contempt committed by a judge,” the bench said.
Justice Karnan had yesterday ‘sentenced’ Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and seven other judges of the Supreme Court to five years rigorous imprisonment.
On May 1, the Supreme Courtt had directed medical check-up of Justice Karnan as he did not appear before it in a contempt proceeding. Earlier on March 10, the Supreme Court had issued a bailable warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his presence in the contempt case.
Justice Karnan was transferred from the Madras HC to the Calcutta HC for his conduct. On February 15, 2016 the Judge had hmself stayed his transfer order but the apex court had stayed that order the same day.