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Supreme Court issues arrest warrant against High Court judge

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Mar 2017 3:02pm

Supreme Court issues arrest warrant against High Court judge

The Supreme Court, in a striking order on Friday issued an arrest warrant against the Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan in a contempt case to ensure his presence before the apex court on March 31.

The warrant was issues by a seven-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar saying that there is no other alternative left.

"There is no other alternative to seek presence of Shri Justice C S Karnan. We issue bailable warrants of the sum of Rs 10,000 in the nature of personal bond to the satisfaction of the arresting officer," a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.

Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High Court judges of the Madras High Court, and he has also allegedly written about Supreme Court judges in his letters to the Prime Minister's Office.

The bench directed the West Bengal Director General of Police to personally execute the arrest warrant on Justice Karnan to ensure his presence before it on March 31, the next date of hearing.

The bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph, refused to consider a communication, written to apex court registry on March 8, as his response to the notice issued against him earlier.

At the outset, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that Justice Karnan had defied the Supreme Court order and the apex court rules on contempt provide for issuance of bailable warrants against a contemnor to ensure his presence.

 

Source: Times Now

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