Justice CS Karnan to Supreme Court: Restore my work or else I will not get back to my normal senses

Surabhi Shaurya
During the hearing Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said there is no question of non-comprehension, he's (Justice Karnan)aware of what he's doing.

New Delhi: Appearing before the seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court in the defamation case against him, the Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan on Friday said, “Restore my work and then I will get back to my senses.” The court, however, declined to restore his work and gave him four weeks time to file written submissions. The apex court also asked Justice Karnan if he’ll stick to a previous submission of tendering unconditional apology or wants to argue in person/engage a lawyer.

During the hearing Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said there is no question of non-comprehension, he’s (Justice Karnan)aware of what he’s doing. The top court replied to AG saying we can see his (Justice Karnan) state of mind is not clear and he is not able to comprehend what exactly he is doing.

According to the reports of leading daily The Indian Express, the Calcutta HC judge ended the hearing by telling CJI Khehar that he wouldn’t appear on the next date and that the apex court may rather have him arrested and put in jail.



In an unprecedented order on March 10, the Supreme Court had issued bailable warrants against Karnan to secure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case. “I am greatly saddened by what is happening. A sitting judge of a High Court, who is supposed to be a matured individual, is acting in a reckless manner making scurrilous allegations against brother judges of the High Court, against sitting judges of the Supreme Court,” the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had then said.

He also said Justice Karnan’s claim of being discriminated against for being a Dalit is without substance and added that judges are appointed on the basis of merit and not caste or religion. “To talk about the Dalit card and all that is absolutely without substance. We have judges from all walks of life.

Whether minority, majority, caste, religion. We never had this kind of thing. Judges are not appointed on the basis of caste or religion. They are appointed on the basis of merit or standing,” Rohatgi had said. He also said the judiciary has to solve it and the government has nothing to do with it.

(With inputs from Agencies)