SC issues bailable warrant against Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan

Justice Karnan was also asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and appear before the apex court on March 31.

SC issues bailable warrant against Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a bailable warrant against Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan after he refused to abide by its order to be personally present before it in a contempt proceeding against him.

Justice Karnan was also asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000  and appear before the apex court on March 31.

According to a report in India Today, the top court has directed the West Bengal Director General of Police to personally execute the warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his appearance before it on March 31.

The order came as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that Justice Karnan has refused to appear before the court in contempt case and under the Supreme Court Rules, if a person does not appear, a bailable warrant be issued against him.

The Supreme Court had on February 8 issued the contempt notice to a sitting High Court judge and had asked Justice Karnan to appear on February 13, which he didn't.

The issuance of the contempt notice to Justice Karnan was significant as it was for the first time in the history of the Supreme Court that it had invoked powers to initiate contempt proceedings against a sitting judge of a High Court.