The infamous Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan who is facing contempt of court charges, recently issued a non-bailable warrant against seven Supreme Court judges, including the Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar.
From his residence, Justice Karnan issued a ‘suo motu’ judicial order, which he stated was in “interest of the nation to protect the general public from corruption and unrest”.
Justice Karnan’s order directs the Registrar General of Calcutta High Court to issue the non-bailable warrant to the seven Supreme Court judges which is to be executed through the Director General or Commissioner of Police of New Delhi. He has also threatened to issue a non-bailable warrant against the DGP or Commissioner of Police if they act against his wishes.
A day before this order, a seven-judge bench of Supreme Court ordered for Justice Karnan’s medical examination, which was disdained by him saying that he will not appear before such medical board.
Attributing to Justice Karnan passing orders and holding press briefings undeterred by the fact that he is restrained from doing so, the Apex Court said that he may not be in a position to defend himself, as indicated by the tenor of press briefings and purported orders passed by him. The seven-judge bench took significant note of the two judicial orders that Justice Karnan passed recently where he summoned the bench to appear before him and directed the Air Control Authority to refrain any SC judges from travelling abroad. The Apex Court has restrained all the courts, tribunals and authorities from acting on orders passed by him.
The constant tug of war between Justice Karnan and the Supreme Court has turned into a strife with new developments, but rare chances of harmony.
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