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SC refuses to accept Justice Karnan’s petition for recall of his six-month jail term

Justice Karnan had moved a petition in the apex court seeking recall of the May 9 order but was denied urgent hearing by the CJI.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 7:06 pm
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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to accept Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan’s petition for recall of his six-month jail term for contempt of court. The plea was deemed ‘not maintainable’ by the top court’s registry, news agency PTI reported. Justice Karnan had moved a petition in the apex court seeking recall of the May 9 order but was denied urgent hearing by the CJI.

“It is thus manifestly clear from the averments made in the petition that the petitioner intends to impugne and
challenge the judicial order passed by this court on May 9, 2017, in the suo motu petition. “The proceedings therein were decided on merits and after due consideration, it was held that Justice C S Karnan had committed contempt of the gravest nature resulting in finding of guilt. As a sequel the petitioner also stands convicted and sentenced to an imprisionment of six months. The said findings have since attained finality,” an apex court registrar, who deals with listing of fresh writ petitions, said in his order.

“I am constrained but to hold that the present writ petition is not maintainable. The relief if any lies some where else. I thus see no reasonable cause to receive the present writ petition for registration under the provisions of Supreme Court rules, 2013”, the registrar said.

Earlier this month, the apex court sentenced Justice CS Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court. The court also banned media from publishing content of orders passed by Justice C S Karnan. The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognisance of numerous letters written by him against judges of Madras High Court and the Supreme Court, and restrained him from exercising administrative and judicial power from February 8. Justice Karnan is due to retire in June this year.

With contempt of court charges against him, Justice Karnan is the first ever sitting judge of a higher court in judicial history to be sent to jail.

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  1. D Shekar
    May 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Is media prejudiced against Justice Karnan ?
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    1. M
      MyTake
      May 19, 2017 at 11:32 pm
      Bollywood diet and Congress administration was a good combination to make a joke of a nation! How did this man got through all the important stages in life to become a judge? Is it his fault alone?
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        MyTake
        May 19, 2017 at 11:30 pm
        This man should be preserved for museum to represent the Nehruvian era at the top level!
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          Vik
          May 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm
          Interesting! It is a test whether the Supreme Court can disciple the lower court judges or continue to let anarchy prevail.
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            Citizen
            May 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm
            Hope Kolkatta police would show that they are competent to trace this guy and put him behind bars. Other wise the very integrity of the force under the present rulers is questionable?? Jaihind
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