Justice Karnan row: Calcutta HC judge served bailable warrant by West Bengal DGP

West Bengal Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayastha on Friday served a bailable warrant to Justice CS Karnan of Calcutta High Court which was issued by the Supreme Court in a contempt case on 10 March.

PTI March 17, 2017 14:18:12 IST
Justice Karnan row: Calcutta HC judge served bailable warrant by West Bengal DGP

Kolkata: West Bengal Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayastha on Friday served a bailable warrant to Justice CS Karnan of Calcutta High Court which was issued by the Supreme Court in a contempt case on 10 March.

Justice Karnan row Calcutta HC judge served bailable warrant by West Bengal DGP

CS Karnan. Bar and Bench website

The DGP visited the residence of Justice Karnan in New Town area here along with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and DIG (CID) Rajesh Kumar and handed him over the warrant.

"The DGP handed over the bailable warrant to Justice Karnan at his New Town residence this morning," a senior official of the state police force said.

A large police team was posted outside Karnan's residence when the three senior police officials visited the place.

In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court had issued the arrest warrant against Justice Karnan to ensure his presence before it on 31 March in a contempt case.

Hitting back at the apex court, Justice Karnan had stated that they have "no locus standi" to issue a bailable warrant against a sitting judge and alleged that he was being
targeted for being a Dalit.

Justice Karnan also issued an 'order' of registration of a case under Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 against Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and six other judges.

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