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Indian CJ-led bench jails Kolkata judge in counter order

Update : 09 May 2017, 05:29 PM
A seven-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court led by the chief justice on Tuesday held Kolkata High Court Judge CS Karnan guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to six months in jail, in a counter sentence after Justice Karnan passed on a "sentence" of his own. "If we don't send Justice Karnan to jail then there will be a blemish that the Supreme Court condoned contempt by a judge," Chief Justice JS Khehar said. On Monday, Justice CS Karnan "sentenced" the chief justice and seven Supreme Court judges to five years' imprisonment after he "found them guilty" under the Indian Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, and the amended Act of 2015. The Supreme Court added: "Contempt power does not recognise who is what – a judge or a common man." The top court also banned media from publishing the content of orders passed by Justice Karnan. Justice Karnan's remark comes after contempt proceedings were initiated against him by the chief justice-led bench after he had continuously levelled corruption allegations against the Madras High Court chief justice and other judges. Karnan, set to retire in June, was stripped of judicial and administrative powers by the Supreme Court on February 8.
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