Justice Karnan became First High Court Judge to be Sentenced to Jail

On 9th May, 2017, a 7 judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court (SC) which was headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, sentenced Justice C S Karnan who is himself a Calcutta High Court judge, to 6months of imprisonment. Justice Karnan has been sentenced for imprisonment of repeated incidents of contempt of court. It is the first time in the judiciary system of India that the Supreme Court has sent a high court judge to jail on contempt charges.

Important points related to Justice Karnan

  • The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar sent a contempt notice to Justice C S Karnan in February 2017.
  • Justice Karnan was accused of contempt after he named 20 “corrupt judges” of India earlier in 2017 and asked for an investigation alleging corruption in the judiciary.
  • He also wrote to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting for an inquiry.
  • The SC ordered the Calcutta government hospital to make a medical board to examine the medical condition of Justice Karnan and submit a report to the court on 1st March 2017.
  • Instead, he sentenced eight judges of the Supreme Court to five years of “rigorous imprisonment” and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lac each under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 and the amended Act of 2015.

Latest Update :- Karnan is evading arrest and may have left the country.

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