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

Case Number:Suo Motu Contempt Petition (C) No. 1/2017 and SLP (C) No. 14842/2015
Party Name:In Re: Justice C.S. Karnan Vs
Counsel:For State of West Bengal: Rakesh Dwivedi, Sr. Adv., Chanchal Lr. Ganguli and Narmada, Advs. and For UOI: Maninder Singh, ASG, Madhvi Divan, Nalin Kohli, Ranjeeta Rohatgi and Prabhas Bajaj, Advs. and For Registrar General, High Court of Madras: K.K. Venugopal, Sr. Adv., Nikhil Nayyar, N. Sai Vinod, Smriti Shah and Divyanshu Rai, Advs. and ...
Judges:J.S. Khehar, C.J.I., Dipak Misra, Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur, Pinaki Chandra Ghosea nd Kurian Joseph, JJ.
Issue:Contempt of Court
Judgement Date:May 09, 2017
Court:Supreme Court


  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...

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