India SC sentences justice Karnan to 6 months in jail

MNA International Desk: The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday held the Kolkata High Court’s Justice CS Karnan guilty of contempt and ordered he be jailed for six months.

Karnan is the first sitting Indian judge in judicial history to be sent to jail. The court has directed the West Bengal DGP to ensure his immediate arrest.

The seven-judge bench had earlier given Justice Karnan four weeks to respond to the contempt notice. While appeared before the apex court on March 31, becoming the first HC judge to do so in Indian history, he refused to abide by any of its order including taking a medical test.

Justice Karnan had issued a suo motu order against seven judges, directing them to “appear” before him on April 28 for “violating” Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. They did not appear before him.

On Monday, he had sentenced Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and seven other SC judges to five-year rigorous imprisonment after holding them guilty under the SC/ST Atrocities Act-1989 and amended Act of 2015.

In his order, Justice Karnan imposed sentences of five years each and a fine of Rs one lakh on three counts.

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