Defiant Justice Karnan refuses medical examination

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Kolkata: Justice C S Karnan of Calcutta High Court addressing a press conference at his residence in New Town near Kolkata on March 10, 2017. PTI Photo

FILE: Kolkata: Justice C S Karnan of Calcutta High Court addressing a press conference at his residence in New Town near Kolkata on March 10, 2017. PTI Photo

Justice CS Karnan of the Calcutta High Court declined to undergo a medical examination in Kolkata as ordered by the Supreme Court on May 1.

When a four-member medical team from a government hospital arrived at his residence on Thursday morning, Justice Karnan refused to undergo any test as he claimed that he was “quite normal and has a stable mind”.

Justice Karnan has been fighting a contempt case, which was slammed against him after he accused the country’s several top judges of corruption and casteism without providing any proof.

After refusing to undergo a medical check up, Justice Karnan gave in writing to the doctors, “I declined to avail medical treatment since I am quite normal and have a stable mind.”

“Further my strong view about the Supreme Court order (is that) it amounts to insult and harassment towards the judge (myself),” he said.

Justice Karnan told the doctors that for holding such a medical examination, guardian’s consent is required.

“As my family members are not here, there is no such consent. So any medical test cannot be held”, he said.

The Supreme Court had on May 1 ordered medical examination of Justice Karnan by a board of doctors, to be set up by a government hospital in Kolkata.

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had also directed the director general of police of West Bengal to form a team of police officers which could assist the medical board in carrying out the medical examination of the HC judge.

(With inputs from PTI)