Friday, March 10, 2017

SC versus SC

The Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant against Justice Karnan of the Calcutta High Court. The honourable judge has accused the Supreme Court of acting against him because he belongs to Scheduled Caste.

Justice Karnan is due to retire on June 30th. Towards retirement, he is becoming more trenchant in his criticism of judiciary and fellow judges. His behaviour is very unusual. There are apparently no charges of corruption against him. This needs to be borne in mind because some people when accused of bribery etc. may attribute the allegations to communal factors.

The Supreme Court is agitated that he had chosen to disobey its orders to appear before the court for causing contempt of court. It will be more appropriate to subject him to psychological examination to know if any deep-rooted anxiety is plaguing him. It is worth introducing psychological tests for would-be judges.

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