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SC sentences Justice Karnan to 6 months in jail for contempt of court

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday held Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to six months in jail. The court asserted that its order needs to be executed forthwith.

“If we don’t send Justice Karnan to jail then there will be a blemish that SC condoned contempt by a judge,” a 7-judge bench headed by CJI J S Khehar said

Taking a strong note of Justice Karnan’s remarks, additional solicitor general Maninder Singh, senior advocate K K Venugopal and Rupinder Singh Suriechoed the views of the apex court and said that he needs to be punished.

The Supreme Court further said, “Contempt power does not recognise who is what – a judge or a common man.”

 The order comes after Justice Karnan made series of controversial remarks against the top court judges.

 Justice Karnan’s remark comes after contempt proceedings were initiated against him by the CJI-led bench after he continuously levelled corruption allegations against the Madras high court chief justice and other judges.

Karnan, who is set to retire in June, was stripped of his judicial and administrative powers by the SC on February 8.

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