Justice CS Karanan was admitted to a hospital for medical check-ups after he complained of chest pain Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court rejected his bail plea and refused to suspend the six months prison sentence handed to him in a contempt case. The order was passed by a seven-judge apex court bench on Wednesday. “The matter has been heard by a seven-judge bench and order has been passed. The order is binding on us. We in vacation cannot override it. It is nothing we can do,” a vacation bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said.
Appearing for the retired judge, advocate Mathews J Nedumpara said equity demands that he be granted bail till the court reopened. However, the bench said, “All equity is subject to law and judicial discipline. You mention the matter before the bench of chief justice.”
Karnan, who was arrested by the West Bengal Police from a guest house in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, was flown into Kolkata and lodged in Presidency Jail.
The 62-year-old lawyer has been evading arrest ever since the top court sentenced him to jail on May 9. The police traced him to a guest house at Malumichampatti on Pollachi high road near Coimbatore. He tried to resist arrest, the police claimed.
Last month, a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, had asked the West Bengal DGP to take Karnan into custody — he had been at loggerheads with the Supreme Court for several months. The bench also barred the media from publishing or reporting the orders passed by Karnan.
Following the order, Karnan tried to get relief from the top court but failed. The Supreme Court refused to hear his plea seeking a stay on its jail term order.