Published On: Tue, May 9th, 2017

Supreme Court sentences Justice Karnan to 6 months jail for contempt of court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday held the Calcutta High Court’s Justice CS Karnan guilty of contempt and ordered he be jailed for six months.

Contempt power does not recognise who is what – a judge or a common man

Holding Justice Karnan guilty of contempt for his utterances against the Chief Justice of India and other judges of the apex court and the Madras High Court, a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar had barred the electronic and print media from carrying any of his statements.

“If we don’t send Justice Karnan to jail then there will be a blemish that SC condoned contempt by a judge,” a 7-judge bench headed by CJI J S Khehar said.

The Supreme Court further said, “Contempt power does not recognise who is what – a judge or a common man.”

Justice Karnan had written a series of letters making allegations against the judges of the apex court and the high court.

In the last hearing, the apex court had directed the medical examination of Justice Karnan, which he refused to undergo.

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