Published On : Fri, Mar 10th, 2017

Arrest warrant against sitting Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan

NEW DELHI: A warrant has been ordered against a High Court judge after he failed to appear in the Supreme Court in a contempt case. The Kolkata police chief has been asked to serve the warrant and produce Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan before the top court on March 31.

A seven-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India will take up the contempt case against Justice Karnan for his alleged misconduct. He has been accused of writing letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others alleging corruption against several sitting and retired judges in the country.

The top court will also take up a petition by the wife of a sitting Judge of Madras High Court accusing Justice Karnan of harassing their family and making false allegations against her husband.

For the first time in judicial history, a high court judge was issued a contempt notice and asked to appear in February. The top court had taken off judicial and administrative work from the Judge.

In a letter to the Supreme Court, Justice Karnan alleged that he was targeted because he is a Dalit.

Justice Karnan was transferred to Calcutta High Court from the Madras High Court after the Chief Justice received complaints from judges.