New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the formation of a medical board to examine the mental condition of controversial Calcutta high court judge C.S. Karnan, who is facing a contempt case.
“The Calcutta government hospital must constitute a medical board, examine his condition and submit a report to the court by 8 May," held a seven-judge bench hearing the case.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar said the medical board would be assisted by the West Bengal director general of police (DGP) and a team of police personnel in carrying out the directions passed by the court.
The court also restrained all courts and tribunals from taking cognizance of any orders issued by judge Karnan since the start of proceedings against him.
Karnan said he will not undergo the medical examination and threatened to suspend the DGP if he “functions against my wish."
“This kind of harassment order against my sanity is an additional insult to an innocent Dalit Judge who is of sound health and mind," he said.
The apex court had in February issued a contempt notice to the judge, who had accused several judges of corruption, nepotism and casteism.
“We are not sure if he is fit to defend himself," said CJI Khehar.
Justice Karnan had been given a chance to explain his stand at the last hearing on whether he was willing to tender an unqualified apology or reaffirm his statements.
The case will be heard next on 18 May.
PTI contributed to this story.