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'Karnan controversy calls for greater scrutiny of judiciary'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The case of controversial former Calcutta High judge C S Karnan calls for greater scrutiny and screening of the judiciary, Minister said today.

"As regards a specific case of a specific judge, I would not like to make any comment, except observe that may be there is a case for greater scrutiny and screening of judiciary. The particular incident you have quoted only underscores the compelling need," he told reporters here.

The minister was asked to comment on the failure of state machinery to implement a Supreme order to send Karnan behind bars for six months for contempt of

Justice Karnan had last week ended his tenure as a from

He has been evading arrest since May 9 after being sentenced to six months imprisonment for contempt of by the Supreme

He has the dubious distinction of being the first sitting high judge to be awarded a jail term by the apex

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar had passed the unprecedented arrest order against Karnan.

Justice Karnan was appointed a judge of the Madras High in 2009. He was transferred to the Calcutta High on March 11, 2016.

He was transferred from the Madras High for his repeated allegations and run-ins with its then chief justice and fellow judges.

The high judge had on February 15, 2016 stayed his transfer order, which was suspended by the Supreme

The apex had even asked the chief justice of the Madras High not to assign Karnan any judicial work.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 17:13 IST