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12 May 2017, 01:13 | Simon Arnold
And finally… contemptuous
Officials of the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate told The Hindu that a police team "from the New Town police station went to Justice Karnan's residence in New Town on Tuesday morning to arrest him as per the Supreme Court's direction". Justice Karnan in his application says that the SC has erred by convicting him.
Justice C S Karnan will move the Supreme Court today seeking recall of the order that sentenced him to six months in jail.
Hours before the Supreme Court ruling, Justice Karnan had taken a very early flight from Kolkata to Chennai and checked himself into a state guest house.
The team then travelled to Andhra Pradesh but came back empty-handed. The warrant had come nearly a month after the court had asked Justice Karnan to appear in person and explain why contempt proceedings not be initiated against him.
Justice Karnan earlier on Monday sentenced the Chief Justice of India and six other apex court judges to five-year rigorous imprisonment after holding them guilty under the SC/ST Atrocities Act-1989 and amended Act of 2015. The top court has repeatedly summoned the 61-year-old judge who retires next month but Karnan has refused to budge, issuing single-page orders from his Kolkata home.
Peter, however, did reveal Justice Karnan's next steps.
While there have been many cases of courts passing gag orders violating press freedom-it was done in the case of the Amar Singh tapes, on movement of troops to Delhi and the sexual harassment case against Justice Swatanter Kumar-the Supreme Court has often quashed or overturned such bans.
At a hearing on March 31, the Chief Justice had raised questions about the judge Karnan's mental health. An obstinate Karnan stayed his transfer order on February 15, 2016 which was suspended by the apex court. The SC had also directed the constitution of a medical board to examine Karnan.
Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High Court judges of the Madras High Court.
Karnan said: "This kind of harassment order against my sanity is an additional insult to an innocent Dalit judge who is of sound health and mind", he said.
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