Facing contempt of court proceedings, defiant Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan today declined to undergo a medical test to ascertain his mental health condition, as ordered by the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, a four-member medical board formed by the West Bengal health department reached Karnan's residence escorted by the state police to execute the apex court's order.
However, a belligerent Karnan who has been barred from attending office refused to undergo the medical test alleging harassment and terming the entire episode an insult to a Dalit judge. The medical team from Kolkata's Pavlov Hospital was subsequently handed over a written reply by Justice Karnan stating his reasons for not undergoing the medical examination.
"I declined to avail the medical treatment since I am absolutely normal and have a stable mind. Further, it's my strong view that the Supreme Court order amounts to an insult and harassment to a Dalit judge," he stated.
Earlier in the day, even before the medical team arrived at his residence, Karnan ridiculed the Supreme Court order for the medical test to establish his sanity. "It's a mad order by mad judges, highly illiterate judges," Karnan told media persons, adding that no one could force him to undergo a medical test against his wish.
PUBLIC HAS NO TRUST IN JUDICIARY: KARNAN
Continuing his tirade against the seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court, which has initiated the suo-moto contempt of court proceedings against him, Karnan stated that the public had lost confidence and trust in the judiciary. "I request the Hon'ble 7 judges to do the right thing by resigning from their judicial posts since it is too obvious that all the 7 judges are rendering judicial service only for personal gain," he said.
Earlier, on Tuesday Justice Karnan had passed non-bailable warrants against the 7 Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice of India JS Kehar. The seven-judge Supreme Court bench had initiated contempt of court proceedings against Karnan seeking his explanation after he wrote to the Chief Justice of India, the Prime Minister's office, the Union Law Ministry and others levelling corruption charges against several top judges without providing due evidence.
The Supreme Court, in an unprecedented move, had earlier issued a bailable warrant against the sitting Calcutta High Court judge in March to ensure his presence before the court after his repeated non-appearance.