Bengal DGP serves warrant to Justice Karnan on SC order

RSTV Bureau
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

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

Calcutta High Court judge, Justice CS Karnan was served a bailable warrant on the orders of the Supreme Court, by West Bengal Director General of Police on Friday morning.

DGP Surajit Kar Purakayastha visited the judge’s residence in Kolkata along with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and DIG (CID) Rajesh Kumar to hand over the warrant issued by the Supreme Court in a contempt case on March 10.

“The DGP handed over the bailable warrant to Justice Karnan at his New Town residence this morning,” a senior official of the state police force said.

A large police team was posted outside Karnan’s residence when the three senior police officials visited his place.

In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court had issued the arrest warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case.

“There is no other alternative to seek presence of Shri Justice C S Karnan. We issue bailable warrants of the sum of Rs 10,000 in the nature of personal bond to the satisfaction of the arresting officer,” a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had said.

The bench had directed the West Bengal DGP to personally execute the arrest warrant on Justice Karnan to ensure his presence before it on March 31, the next date of hearing.

On February 8, Justice Karnan was directed to show up in court to respond to a contempt notice, issued by a suo motu proceeding for writing letters, in which he levelled corruption charges against several sitting and retired judges.

Hitting back at the apex court, Justice Karnan had stated that they have “no locus standi” to issue a bailable warrant against a sitting judge and alleged that he was being targeted for being a dalit.

Justice Karnan also issued an ‘order’ of registration of a case under Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar and six other judges.

(With inputs from PTI)