Supreme Court refuses to hear Justice Karnan’s plea against jail term

Ten days after the SC’s order that Karnan be taken into custody “forthwith”, he still remains at large and has not been arrested.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2017 7:20 am
Justice Karnan, Justice Karnan case, supreme court, c s karnan, karnan jail, delhi high court, india news Justice C S Karnan’s counsel Mathews Nedumpara said he plans to approach the Delhi High Court for relief. . Express photo

IN ANOTHER setback to Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to list and hear his petition seeking recall of its order convicting and sentencing him to a six-month jail term for contempt.

The SC registry rejected the petition, terming it “not maintainable”.

Ten days after the SC’s order that Karnan be taken into custody “forthwith”, he still remains at large and has not been arrested.

The order by the Registrar said that contentions in the petition make it “manifestly clear” that the petitioner “intends to impugn and challenge the judicial orders” passed by the SC on May 9.

“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 the finding of guilt,” the order said. “As a sequel, the petitioner also stands convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for six months. The findings have since attained finality.”

The Registrar pointed out that “judicial proceedings” of the SC are “not amenable to the writ jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution”. The order said, “…I am constrained but to hold that the present writ petition is not maintainable. The relief, if any, lies somewhere else. I thus see no reasonable cause to receive the present writ petition for registration…”

Karnan’s counsel Mathews Nedumpara said he plans to approach the Delhi High Court for relief. A seven-judge Constitution bench of SC had convicted and sentenced Karnan on May 9, marking the end of a series of defiant actions by the judge.

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    Sanjay Paithane
    May 20, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    First appeal is treated as basic right. refusal to hear is absolute travesty of justice. Truth is now a defence which is lost sight of. When there is no appeal by law then highest caution is always shown and indicated.
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      Vipin
      May 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm
      UPSC should conduct exams and personality tests to select judges like all other central services
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        Pinna
        May 20, 2017 at 6:47 am
        Why arrangements were not made earlier when the final verdict was delivered? How far and how long will he escape from the law? Perhaps, he has forgotten the Delhi High Court may double the imprisonment and add and make it "rigorous imprisonment". Shame, he was a Chief Judge and shame on the wisdom of the Judge, who recommended his case to be the Judge of Madras High Court. By the way, by now, we all know who the person was, who halped him being elevated.
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          dr.shanthakumar
          May 20, 2017 at 5:53 am
          i request the concerned police officer who has not arrested this rascal must be jailed immediately !
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            dr.shanthakumar
            May 20, 2017 at 5:51 am
            i feel he has bought the police offcers
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