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Won’t Appear Before SC For Contempt Proceedings On March 31: Justice Karnan

Apoorva Mandhani
11 March 2017 4:01 PM GMT
Won’t Appear Before SC For Contempt Proceedings On March 31: Justice Karnan
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After alleging that he was being singularly targeted by the higher judiciary for being a Dalit, Justice Karnan remains defiant, and said that he would not attend the contempt proceedings before the Supreme Court on March 31, reports ,'The Hindu'.

This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court had, on Friday, issued a bailable warrant against him, for his failure to appear before the Bench. The Court is hearing suo-motu contempt proceedings against him, for openly accusing Judges of corruption. Justice Karnan had, however, hit back with an order directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate and file a report against the seven Judge Bench and Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

He had further directed the Secretary General of Lok Sabha to place the entire facts of the case before the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, so that inquiry under the Judges Inquiry Act can be initiated, and proceedings of impeachment against the SC judges can be carried out.

Contempt proceedings

Initiating contempt proceedings, the Court had taken into account the letters circulated by the Judge earlier this year, making serious allegations against Supreme Court and High Court Judges. In one of the letters addressed to the PM Modi, he had alleged that some illegal money had been recovered from some High Court Judges after demonetization. He had also alleged corruption against twenty High Court Judges.

The Court had, in February, deferred the hearing of the case after he had failed to appear before the Bench.  Referring to the letter written by Justice Karnan to the Apex Court, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had said that “it only aggravated the issue as there are many more grave allegations.” The Court was, however, of the view that another opportunity should be given to the Judge. The matter has now been posted on 31st March.

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