The Supreme Court of India sent Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan to six months in prison on charges of contempt on Tuesday, biting the bullet in an unprecedented face-off in the upper judiciary, Hindustan Times reports.
The Indian apex court asked West Bengal’s police chief to arrest justice Karnan immediately. It also ordered the media to keep away from reporting anything on Karnan.
Karnan’s arrest orders came a day after he sentenced chief justice JS Khehar and six other judges of the Supreme Court guilty under the SC /ST act.
But Karnan took on a fight with the top court, saying he was being targeted because he was a Dalit. He refused to apologise for his comments, alleging discrimination by and corruption in the higher judiciary.
Karnan in his controversial style held press conferences, issued non bailable warrants and even ordered the arrest of judges of the Supreme Court.