Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Supreme Court stays Madras High Court judge’s order against Chief Justice Sanjay Kaul

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed suo motu orders and contempt proceedings sought to be initiated by a Madras High Court judge against the Chief Justice of High Court Sanjay K Kaul.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu said that there shall be stay on the notice of contempt issued by HC judge Justice C S Karnan and that he wouldn’t pass any orders in this matter till the case is decided by the top court.
The bench further said no person or judge shall interfere with the process of the appointment of civil judges initiated by HC Chief Justice on the administrative side.

Appearing for the HC Registry, senior advocate K K Venugopal said that Justice Karnan’s order has brought disrepute to the institution and hence all judicial works should also be withdrawn from him.
The CJI, however, said that this aspect could be decided on the administrative side, in accordance with the in-house procedure evolved by the higher judiciary.
Justice Karnan had triggered a fresh row by threatening to file contempt of court proceedings against Chief Justice Kaul, as well as warning that he would initiate proceedings against him under provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act.
In two separate unsigned letters sent to Chief Justice Kaul (on April 16 and 30), Justice Karnan also stated that he was suo motu staying the administrative order of the Chief Justice with regard to selection of civil judges, finding fault with the appointments.
Justice Karnan has said he would go to the National SC/ST Commission against Justice Kaul for “harassing” him.

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