Kolkata Police hunt for Justice Karnan with no luck

Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan on Friday again sought an urgent hearing before the Supreme Court against his conviction and six month imprisonment for contempt of court. PTI
Kolkata Police hunt for Justice Karnan with no luck
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13 May, 2017

Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan yesterday moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of an order holding him guilty of contempt of court and sentencing him to a six-month jail term.

A five-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice J S Khehar refused to grant any reprieve to the elusive judge as his counsel tried to bring out his predicament, saying the Registry was not listing the petition filed by Karnan.

The plea on behalf of the judge was mentioned before the bench, which also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U Lalit and Abdul Nazeer, which had just concluded the day's hearing on the issue of triple talaq.

"We are not the registry". Go and give it (original copy of petition) to the registry. You can not keep on handing papers to us. Finally, Chief Justice Khehar told Mr. Nedumpara that "you have mentioned it. we will see", before rising for the day.

"None of the AoRs are willing to appear as they are scared of this court", said Nedumpara.

Justice Karnan was found guilty of contempt for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court judges including the Chief Justice. He said, at the most, judges could have initiated criminal or civil defamation against him, which they did not.

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Karnan reached Chennai late on Tuesday evening, addressed a group of reporters who followed him from Chennai Airport to the State Guest House at Chepauk and vanished early on Wednesday morning. He is due to retire next month.

Mr Nedumpara, who undertook to face the court, had faced a contempt notice himself two months ago.

To Justice Karnan's lawyer's request, the SC said he could file an application and be heard when judges are available.

The apex court has ordered the Director General of West Bengal Police to set up a team to implement its arrest order "forthwith".

Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High Court judges of the Madras High Court.

However, before the pronouncement of the apex court order, Justice Karnan had left Kolkata and was reported to be staying in Chennai.


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