Culcutta High Court Judge Justice Karnan Summons CJI JS Khehar to His Residential Court

By Dayafter Bureau, Agencies

In a bid to suggest he won’t bow down, Calcutta High Court Judge Justice CS Karnan on April 13th ‘ordered’ the Chief Justice of India Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and six other judges to appear before him to face proceedings for “wantonly and deliberately” insulting him during the last month’s hearing at the Supreme Court.

The 61-year-old judge wants the seven top judges to appear at his “residential court” in Kolkata on April 28, three days before they are to hear a contempt case against Justice CS Karnan.

At the last hearing on March 31, the Chief Justice of India had raised a question about his mental health, the judge recalled in the ‘order’ made public at a Press conference in Kolkata. The six other judges of the bench had “endorsed” the Chief Justice’s query.

Justice Karnan said this amounted to insulting him in open court “wantonly, deliberately and with malafide intention”. He wanted the top judges to defend themselves against the charge of violating the Scheduled Caste Prevention of Atrocities Act.