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Judges not Above Law, SC Action on Prashant Bhushan was Unconstitutional, Says Ex- Calcutta High Court Judge, Justice Karnan

Lawstreet Journal 25 Aug 2020 10:25pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Judges not Above Law, SC Action on Prashant Bhushan was Unconstitutional, Says Ex- Calcutta High Court Judge, Justice Karnan

Ex Culcatta High court Judge, C.S. Karnan, who became the first judge to be held guilty for contempt of court in 2017, has described the proceedings of SC against Prashant Bhushan unconstitutional in an interview. 

On 9 May 2017, a constitution bench of seven judges, led by then CJI J.S. Kehar has sentenced Justice Karnan for contempt of Court. The order came after a one-month stand-off between justice Karnan and the top court that saw the two sides were accusing each other and had passed an order against each other. In one order, Justice Karnan had sentenced CJI Kehar for life imprisonment under the SC/ST Act taking the cognizance of the issue against him. 

In January 2017, Justice Karnan wrote a letter to Prime Minister alleging the sitting bench of Judges for corruption and due to these allegations against them, judges took Suo moto proceedings against him and declared him guilty in February. On March 10, the bench issued a non-bailable warrant against Justice Karnan and withdrew him from all his judicial work after Justice Karnan did not comply with the court’s order when he was asked to be present personally in the proceedings. 

In an interview, Justice Karnan said that Bhushan just expressed his views about the conditions prevailing in the judiciary. He also said that Bhushan has exercised his rights to speech and expression and extended his support to Bhushan even though Bhushan was one of the lawyers who welcomed the court's decision in Justice Karnan’s Contempt of Court case.

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