Justice Karnan moves Supreme Court seeking recall of conviction order

Posted May 12, 2017

A senior Indian judge who ordered the arrest of the Chief Justice of India and seven Supreme Court judges has been jailed for contempt. CJI JS Khehar said the SC bench will consider the Calcutta judge plea. The bench agreed to look into the petition.

Justice CS Karnan goes into hiding after Supreme Court's arrest order against him.

New Delhi/Chennai, May 11 As he kept police teams from two states on their toes, a defiant Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan today moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of its order holding him guilty of contempt and awarding a six-month jail sentence.

Ahead of the 9 May hearing of the matter, the medical report was supposed to have been submitted to the court, according to the SC directive to the West Bengal Director General of Police.

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Karnan was convicted of contempt by the top court on Tuesday.

The team of police officers from Bengal checked into the Tamil Nadu Police Officers Mess at Egmore. From there he began to issue orders against Supreme Court judges including the Chief Justice of India. Some reports also said he planned to challenge his sentence in the Supreme Court.

Justice Karnan had alleged this was done because he is a Dalit.

Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High Court judges of the Madras High Court.

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A group of lawyers staged a protest in front of the guest house claiming that Justice Karnan was being victimized.

On March 31, Justice Karnan had appeared before the apex court in the contempt case even as he sought restoration of his powers as a precondition for his re-appearance. After a closed-door meeting with the then Chief Justice, T S Thakur, Karnan accepted the transfer and apologised for his actions saying that he had lost his "mental balance".

To add a further twist to this tale, Karnan is now known to have left Kolkata the morning of the Supreme Court's decision to send him to jail.

The controversy began in January when Karnan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an investigation against judges of the Madras high court and the apex court of corruption.

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