Calcutta HC Justice Karnan had, earlier refused to be examined by a four-member team of psychiatrists from the Calcutta Pavlov Hospital for Mental Patients. He had told the team of doctors that he is normal and has a stable mind, and had offered them tea instead.
On Monday the order for Justice Karnan’s check-up was passed by a seven Judge Constitution Bench. The bench was particularly miffed over two recent “judicial orders” passed by Justice Karnan (when he was restrained from issuing judicial or administrative orders), summoning the Judges of seven Judge Bench, and directing the Air Control Authority to not allow the seven SC Judges to travel abroad. The Bench had then found that he was not in a position to defend himself now, and had directed the DGP, West Bengal to constitute a team of police personnel to get the examination conducted. The Board is supposed to submit a report by May 8.
The Supreme Court of India has posted the contempt petition for further hearing tomorrow.
In his “order” Justice Karnan said that on considering the history of the case and on the basis of orders passed by Accused, all the orders clears the intention of all accused in order to harass the Dalit Judge.
‘Therefore the accused constituted an unconstitutional bench which amounts to pre-meditated preparation and executed the same on 15.02.2016 and 18.02.2017. As a result this Court’s Judicial and administrative work have been restrained. Therefore all the accused with a common intention have harassed a Dalit Judge after misusing contempt proceedings, out of Court procedure of law, original jurisdiction and cause of action”.
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