Arrest me and punish me if you want. Restore my job,” Justice Karnan shouts at the seven-judge Bench
The Supreme Court on Friday gave Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan four weeks time to file an affidavit on the contempt notice against him. The court said he should make up his mind on whether to apologise or stand legal action against contempt.
The apex court also refused to restore administrative and judicial work of Justice Karnan.
Justice Karnan offered an unconditional apology provided his judicial, administrative powers are restored. “Arrest me and punish me if you want. Restore my job,” Justice Karnan shouted at the seven-judge Bench as they rose.
Justice Karnan said if his job is restored, he would prove all his allegations of corruption and casteism against fellow judges. He said he will not appear before the court on next date of hearing without his powers being restored.
Earlier, a seven-judge Bench, comprising the seniormost judges of the Supreme Court, issued a bailable warrant against Justice Karnan to secure his presence in the Supreme Court on March 31 in a suo motu contempt case against him for denigrating the judicial institution.
On March 10, Justice Karnan threatened to prosecute seven senior Judges of the Supreme Court who had issued the contempt notice against him. At a press conference in Kolkata, he said he was targeted by the Supreme Court for “being someone from a Scheduled Caste [SC] community.”
He had “refused” to accept the bailable warrant issued against him by the Supreme Court in a suo motu contempt of court order. On March 17, a team of police officials led by the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) Surajit Kar Purkayastha went to Justice Karnan’s residence in the New Town area on the Eastern fringes of the city to hand over the warrant.