Kolkata, March 17: Justice C S Karnan has dashed off a letter to the Supreme Court seeking a compensation of Rs 14 crore. He says that the orders of the Supreme Court have disturbed his mind and hence compensation of Rs 14 crore be paid to him.
Justice Karnan of the Calcutta high court has been in the news after the SC initiated contempt proceedings against him. The case was taken up suo motu by the Supreme Court. Karnan had defied the SC order and failed to appear before the bench.
Karnan had created a storm after he alleged that he was being targetted because he is a Dalit. He also questioned the collegium of the Supreme Court which transferred him from the Madras high court to Calcutta.
Senior counsel K K Venugopal appearing for the Madras high court told the bench that the judges need protection from Karnan's verbal abuse and wild charges. He also said that the judge had levelled malicious rape charges against a Madras HC judge.
The Supreme Court had issued contempt notices to Karnan, a sitting judge of the Calcutta high court. The SC also directed the judge to be present before the court on February 13 to explain why contempt proceedings could not be initiated against him. The court also withdrew all judicial work from Karnan and asked him to return all files.
It is for the first time in history that a contempt case is being heard against a sitting judge of a high court. A seven-judge Constitutional Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar is hearing the case against Karnan who had lashed out at his colleagues accusing them of corruption.
Karnan had also written to the Prime Minister on January 23 accusing a sitting high court judge due for elevation of corruption. He also said that the charges levelled by him must be probed.