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Karnan was accused of contempt of court for naming 20 “corrupt” judges earlier this year.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan to six months in jail and held him in contempt of court and directed the Kolkata Police chief to arrest the judge. The top court also banned the media from disproportionately highlighting his statements and “orders”.

Last week, the judge had turned away a medical team along with the police who had come for a medical checkup under the Supreme Court’s orders.

He was accused of contempt of court for naming 20 “corrupt” judges earlier this year and asked for an investigation into the matter. The 61-year-old judge even wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding an inquiry.

Referring to his sudden transfer from Madras High Court to Calcutta High Court by the apex court, Justice Karnan alleged that he was being victimised because he is a Dalit.

He defied every Supreme Court order and refused to appear before it. Instead, Justice Karnan started countering every top court order with his own verdicts, pronounced at his “home court”.

Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar had expressed his doubt over the defiant judge’s mental state during a hearing on March 31.

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