Justice Karnan declines to undergo medical examination


Justice C S Karnan of the Calcutta High Court today declined to undergo a medical examination by a four-member medical team from a government hospital here, saying he is “quite normal and has a stable mind”.

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After refusing to undergo a medical check up, Justice Karnan gave in writing to the doctors, “I declined to avail medical treatment since I am quite normal and have a stable mind.

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“Further my strong view about the Supreme Court order (is that) it amounts to insult and harassment towards the judge (myself),” he said.

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Justice Karnan told the doctors that for holding such a medical examination, guardian’s consent is required. “As my family members are not here, there is no such consent. So any medical test cannot be held”, he said.

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He said that his wife and a son are in Chennai while his another son is working in France.

The Supreme Court had on May 1 ordered medical examination of Justice Karnan by a board of doctors, to be set up by a government hospital in Kolkata.

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had also directed the director general of police of West Bengal to form a team of police officers which could assist the medical board in carrying out the medical examination of the HC judge.

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A four-member team of doctors along with police had gone to Justice Karnan’s residence in New Town, Kolkata in the morning.


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