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Supreme Court issues bailable warrant against Justice Karnan in contempt of court case
The Supreme Court on Friday issued a bailable warrant against Justice CS Karnan of the Calcutta High Court.

Justice Karnan has been avoiding appearance before the SC in a case of contempt of court that has been filed against him.

A seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar also asked Justice Karnan to appear before it on March 31. He has also been asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the court that Justice Karnan has refused to appear before the court in a contempt case. He also informed the court that in under the Supreme Court Rules, if a person does not appear, a bailable warrant can be issued against him.

The SC on February 8, in an unprecedented move, had issued the contempt notice to a sitting High Court judge and had asked Justice Karnan to appear on February 13. Justice Karnana however failed to appear before the court.

Justice Karnan along with staying his own transfer from Madras High Court to Calcutta High Court is also accused of writing disparaging letters to the Prime Minister, Supreme Court Registrar and the Law Minister about sitting and retired top court and High Court judges. He had also leveled allegations of corruption against some judges and accused them of discriminating against him on the basis of his caste.

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