Justices Karnan Sentences to seven other judges, including CJI Kehar

Kolkata: Judge of the Calcutta High Court, Justice C. S. Karanan, facing the charges of judicial contempt, sentenced the Chief Justice of India JS Kher and seven other judges of the Supreme Court to five-year rigorous imprisonment on Monday. Increasing the confrontation with the Supreme Court, Justice Karnan said that eight judges "jointly committed a punishable offense under the Scheduled Castes Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act of 1989 and 2015".

He has named the members of the bench of seven judges of the apex court, including Chief Justice, Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice Kurien Joseph. The bench had initiated contempt proceedings by taking self-cognizance against Justice Karnan and banned his judicial and administrative functioning.

Justice Sharan also added the name of Justice R Bhanumati, another judge of the Supreme Court in the list, against which order was issued because he had stopped Justice Karan from judicial and administrative work. Justice Karan had on May 4 refused to take a mental health check as per the Supreme Court order. He told a team of doctors that he is completely normal and mentally stable.

Justice Karan said that the eight judges of the apex court have discriminated against caste. They said, "They will be punished under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, 1989". He said that eight judges have harassed a Dalit judge besides humiliating me in a public institution. It has proved beyond all doubt from their orders.

Justice Karan said in his order issued from the temporary court at his residence in Rudel Tower in New Town here, "Therefore, the court's decision is not necessary in this matter." He sentenced five to five years of imprisonment for each of his orders and imposed a fine of one lakh rupees on three on the basis of SC-ST law. Justice Karnan directed that all three sentences will go together and if the penalty is not paid then they will have to be imprisoned for six more months. He directed that the amount of fine should be deposited in the National Schedule Caste and Tribal Commission located in Khan Market, New Delhi within a week of receipt of order.

Justice Karan also said that the order issued by him on 13th April is effective now in which he had directed the members of the bench of seven judges to pay a fine of Rs 14 crore. He had instructed, "The Registrar General concerned with the Supreme Court will recover this amount from the salary of each." He also instructed Justice Bhanumathi to pay a compensation of Rs 2 crore.

The apex court has taken a cognizance of several letters of Justice Karanan, written against the Madras High Court and the Judges of the Supreme Court, and has banned the use of his administrative and judicial powers since February 8. Justice Karan appeared in the Supreme Court on March 31 in connection with the contempt proceedings. He is the first judge of the High Court to do this in the history of Indian Judicial system.

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