No SC relief for Justice Karnan

No SC relief for Justice Karnan

Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan, who has been evading arrest since May 9, on Wednesday failed to get relief from the Supreme Court.

The court refused to hear his plea seeking a stay on its order awarding him a six-month jail term for contempt of court. Justice Karnan’s counsel Mathews J Nedumpara mentioned the matter before a vacation bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta, which refused to interfere with the order directing the West Bengal Police to take him into custody.

The counsel pleaded that the high court judge was entitled to know why he was convicted for contempt of court by a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.

“I am seeking only a stay. I had made a request to the Chief Justice to take up the matter. Justice Karnan, like other litigants, is entitled to get at least an order from the court,” Nedumpara said.

The detailed verdict of the May 9 order had not been made available till date, he submitted. The bench, however, said it could not hear the matter as the order was passed by a special bench of seven judges.
DH News Service

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