Though most welcomed the historic move, a few raised questions about the vagueness of the complaint and said the judges should have been more specific.
MK Venu, founding editor of The Wire, and Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan, discuss the implications today’s historic press conference by four SC justices could have on the case.
Karnan retired from his post on June 9 and was arrested on June 20.
The apex court had sentenced Karnan to six months jail for contempt of court on May 9.
Justice Karnan has been evading arrest since May 9, after being sentenced to six months imprisonment for contempt of court by the Supreme Court.
Justice Karnan had sought a recall of the apex court order awarding him six months’ imprisonment, saying he could not be held guilty of contempt of court.
A petition about the recall was mentioned before a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, which agreed to look into it.
Justice C.S. Karnan is the first high court judge to have been found guilty of contempt of court.
With there being no measure short of impeachment to discipline judges, they can get away with various kinds of misconduct.
After refusing to undergo a medical check-up, Justice Karnan gave in writing to the doctors that he is “quite normal and has a stable mind.”