Justice Karnan remains eluvise, moves SC for relief

Justice Karnan remains eluvise, moves SC for relief

As he kept police teams from two states on their toes, a defiant Calcutta High Court judge justice C.S. Karnan has moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of its order holding him guilty of contempt and awarding a six-month jail sentence.

A petition on his behalf was mentioned before a five- judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, which agreed to look into it.

When the Chief Justice of India asked about the whereabouts of Justice Karnan, Advocate Mathews J Nedumpara, who mentioned the plea on behalf of Justice Karnan, said he is “very much in Chennai”.

After the chief justice further asked the advocate to show papers that authorised him to represent Karnan, he showed the notorised papers of authorisation for filing the plea on behalf of the judge to the bench.

The plea filed by Nedumpara mentioned: “The petitioner, a judge of the High Court of Calcutta, is not under any disciplinary jurisdiction of either the CJI or the Bench of Seven Judges constituted by the CJI, as in the instant case.”

Meanwhile, the WB team went to the house of Sugan Karnan, son of Justice Karnan, at Choolaimedu to make enquiries. “The police team met Karnan’s wife Saraswathi and their son Sugan to find out where the judge was. They also searched the room at government guest house where Karnan was staying till Wednesday morning,” a senior police official said.