Controversial Justice Karnan’s Plea Turned Down by Supreme Court

The apex court has refused the plea of former Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan, who had sought bail and recall of the order convicting him for contempt.

New Delhi: A plea by controversial Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan, seeking an urgent hearing, was refused by the Supreme Court on Monday. Justice Karnan (62) had sought bail and recall of the order convicting him for contempt of the apex court.

The controversial sitting judge had evaded arrest after the top court sentenced him on May 9 to six months’ jail for contempt of court. In the interim, Justice Karnan retired and was arrested by the West Bengal CID in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on June 20.

According to reports, a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said, “Declined. We will not accept an oral request against the judgement.”

However, Mathews J Nedumpara, representing Justice Karnan in the court, pleaded that since the judge was serving a jail term, his petition needed to be heard on an urgent basis. Justice Karnan has been complaining about his health from the day he arrived at the jail post his arrest. He complained of chest pain on the very day he was jailed and was admitted to SSKM Hospital. He was sent back to jail after his condition improved.

The apex court held him guilty of contempt of court for his comments against Chief Justice of India and other judges of the highest judiciary on June 12. He was the first sitting judge to be awarded a jail term by the Supreme Court and also the first to go absconding.

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