Suo Motu Contempt Petition (C) No. 1/2017 and SLP (C) No. 14842/2015. Case: In Re: Justice C.S. Karnan Vs. Supreme Court

Parts:In Re: Justice C.S. Karnan Vs
Issuing Organization:Supreme Court
Resolution Date:May 09, 2017
Case:Suo Motu Contempt Petition (C) No. 1/2017 and SLP (C) No. 14842/2015
Ley aplicable:Contempt of Court
Judges:J.S. Khehar, C.J.I., Dipak Misra, Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur, Pinaki Chandra Ghosea nd Kurian Joseph, JJ.


  1. We have heard Mr. Rakesh Dwivedi, learned senior Counsel representing the State of West Bengal, with reference to the medical examination of Sri Justice C.S. Karnan, as also, Mr. Maninder Singh, learned Additional Solicitor General of India, Mr. K.K. Venugopal, learned senior Counsel representing the Registrar General, High Court of Judicature at Madras, and Mr. Rupinder Singh Suri, Senior Advocate, in his capacity as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

  2. On merits, we are of the considered view, that Sri Justice C.S. Karnan, has committed contempt of the judiciary. His actions constitute contempt of this Court, and of the judiciary of the gravest nature. Having found him guilty of committing contempt, we convict him accordingly. We are satisfied to punish him by sentencing him to imprisonment for six months. As a consequence, the contemnor shall not perform any administrative or judicial functions....

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