Justice CS Karnan bail plea: Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing

The 62-year-old judge, who retired on June 12 was held guilty of contempt of court for his comments against the Chief Justice of India and other judges of the higher judiciary. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 1:06 pm
C S Karnan, C S Karnan bail Justice C S Karnan is the first sitting high court judge to be awarded a jail term by the apex court and also the first to have retired as an escapee. Despite various attempts, the former judge has failed to get any relief from the apex court’s vacation benches which has refused to hear his plea seeking a stay of its jail term order.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused an urgent hearing on a plea by former Calcutta High Court Judge C S Karnan, seeking bail and recall of the order convicting him for contempt. The former judge had been evading arrest after he was sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of court by the apex court on May 9. He was later arrested almost after a month of hiding on June 20 by the West Bengal CID from a guest house in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

According to a PTI report, a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “Declined. We will not accept an oral request against the judgment.” Justice Karnan’s lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara, however, said that he has been serving the jail term and his petition needs to be heard on an urgent basis.

The former judge who was admitted at SSKM Hospital after he complained of chest pain upon his arrival at the jail on June 21 was sent back to Presidency Jail after his health condition improved. The 62-year-old judge, who retired on June 12 was held guilty of contempt of court for his comments against the Chief Justice of India and other judges of the higher judiciary.

Karnan is the first sitting high court judge to be awarded a jail term by the apex court and also the first to have retired as an escapee. Despite various attempts, the former judge has failed to get any relief from the apex court’s vacation benches which has refused to hear his plea seeking a stay of its jail term order.

With PTI Inputs

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    MAJOR KISHOR SAHU
    Jul 4, 2017 at 6:14 am
    this man should be sent to a rehabilitation centre for further treatment.
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      Vel
      Jul 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm
      Dont bend the rule. Law is same for one and all.
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        Raja R
        Jul 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm
        To Mr. C.S. Karnan, You were talking about massive corruption by Supreme Court judges. What happened to that movement? Assume you have some credible information on this, why don't you write a book with all evidences and release it online so that India will be cleansed of corruption in Judiciary too. In the name of contempt of court, the judges are getting away from getting caught. Since you are already started the movement of exposing them, why don't you finish off the task? Do some good for the country now that you claim to be a victim of misuse of law.
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          PSR Ariyur
          Jul 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm
          If Karnan's allegation is based on facts and figures, he would have brought it out by now. He would have went to a hide. His ideas may be right but the methodology is totally absurd and very much unbecoming of a High Court Judge. His career is a blot on the entire Indian Judiciary.
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          R.Sundarem
          Jul 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm
          WHAT HAS BEEN METED OUT TO JUSTICE KARNAN SHOULD BE BASIC PROCEEDURE FOR MP`S WHO SHOW HIGH HANDEDNESS IN FLIGHTS OR AT AIRPORT OR FOR THAT MATTER ANYWHERE.SC SHOULD TAKE SUO MOTTO ACTION BASED ON MEDIA VIDEO CLIPS AND PROCEED AND DRAG THEM TO COURT.SIMIIARLLY FOR POLITICIANS WHO ABUSE PRESIDENTS/PM /SPEAKER AND CHIEF JUSTICE.IT WILL BE GOOD LESSON AND A DICIPLINE WILL COME IN DAY TO DAY LIFE.HERE ALL POLITICIANS ARE THINK THEY ARE SUPERHUMAN AND NOBODY CAN TOUCH THEM.
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