High-Light:- Cautioning the higher judiciary against diluting high judicial standards, Justice Karnan said: “If you tinker, tamper or dilute our judicial procedures, then all our well thought of procedures will be subverted, bringing anguish and disregard to the topmost body. All could be lost if the leadership wobbles and surrenders.”
CHENNAI: Perhaps to nix the possibility of his transfer to another high court, Justice C S Karnan has written to the Supreme Court stating that his presence in Madras high court was important, as he was “duty-bound” to prove his allegations against the Chief Justice of India and other judges of the high court.
The signed letter, copies of which were circulated to media on Wednesday, said: “I have made several allegations against your lordships (CJI P Sathasivam and chief justice of Madras high court Justice R K Agrawal) and other judges of Madras high court. As such, it is my bounden duty to establish the veracity of my allegations. Therefore, my presence as a judge of Madras high court is absolutely essential.”
Expressing his willingness to be shifted to any other high court after the “decks are cleared,” Justice Karnan said: “After the inquiry is over to the satisfaction of one and all, I will certainly and willingly proceed to any other high court throughout the length and breadth of India, to serve with dignity and uphold the highest levels of judicial propriety.”
The serving judge, who made heads turn when he stormed into a court hall while a hearing on a PIL was on earlier this month and said the choice of names for appointment as judges of the court was not fair, also continued his tirade against the controversial 12-name list. He said: “I am concerned with various facets of the larger issues and grave problems in selecting the 12 judges by the collegium of the Madras high court.”
Cautioning the higher judiciary against diluting high judicial standards, Justice Karnan said: “If you tinker, tamper or dilute our judicial procedures, then all our well thought of procedures will be subverted, bringing anguish and disregard to the topmost body. All could be lost if the leadership wobbles and surrenders.”
The letter was addressed to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam and chief justice of the Madras high court Justice R K Agrawal.
In another letter addressed to the joint registrar of Right To Information (RTI) section, Justice Karnan alleged irregularities in the recruitment of district judges late last year. He sought details of the selection “to make appropriate complaints to the President of India”. He also alleged that the high court registry had been instructed not to part with any information sought by him.
In his third letter, he urged Chief Justice Agrawal not to accept a senior judge’s to quit at least 14 court panels.
A Subramani,TNN | Jan 22, 2014, 09.35 PM IST