WB DGP delivers bailable warrant to Justice Karnan, judge rejects

Last Updated 17 March 2017, 13:01 IST

West Bengal's top cop today delivered the bailable warrant issued by the Supreme Court to a sitting Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan in a contempt case to ensure his appearance before it on March 31.

The warrant, which was served by Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayastha at the residence of Justice Karnan, was, however, "rejected" by the judge.

The warrant was issued by the apex court on March 10 in in an order unprecedented in the annals of India’s judiciary,

The DGP visited the residence of Justice Karnan in New Town area here along with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and DIG (CID) Rajesh Kumar and handed over the warrant to him.

"The DGP handed over the bailable warrant to Justice Karnan at his New Town residence this morning," a senior official of the state police force said.

A large police team was posted outside Karnan's residence when the three senior police officials visited the place.

In a letter to the seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar that initiated a suo motu contempt proceeding and issued a bailable warrant against him, Justice Karnan said he rejected the warrant.

"My Lords, your bailable Order dated March 10, 2017 in the suo motu contempt proceedings, today top police officers from the Calcutta High Court Circle came to my residence in order to execute the bailable warrant earmarked for 10.30 am on March 31, 2017".

"I rejected the same after assigning valid reasons," Justice Karnan said in the letter.
Justice  Karnan, meanwhile, sought a compensation of Rs 14 crore from the seven judges of Supreme Court for having stopped his judicial and administrative work.

In a letter addressed to the seven judges, who constitute the seven-judge Constitution bench that initiated the suo motu contempt proceedings against him, Justice Karnan requested them to cancel the bench, claiming that it was "unconstitutional".

"I request you to cancel the unconstitutional bench and restore my normal work," Justice Karnan wrote.

"The Hon'ble seven Judges have prevented me in carrying out my judicial and administrative work from March 8, 2017 until now," Karnan said in yesterday's letter to the judges.

"Therefore I am calling up on all seven Judges to pay compensation, a sum of Rs 14 crores as compensation since you have disturbed my mind and my normal life, besides you have insulted me in the general public consisting of a population of 120 crores in India...," Justice Karnan said in the letter.

"Now all seven Judges shall pay a part of the compensation within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of this order," he said.

On the day when the apex court issued the bailable warrant, Justice Karnan hit back, saying they have "no locus standi" to issue a bailable warrant against a sitting judge and alleged that he was being targeted for being a dalit.

Justice Karnan also issued an 'order' of registration of a case under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against the judges constituting the seven-judge bench.

(Published 17 March 2017, 13:01 IST)

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