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SC slams Justice Karnan over 'repeated pleas' to recall arrest order

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme on Monday rapped Calcutta High judge Justice C.S. Karnan to repeatedly filing pleas to recall his arrest order in contempt of case.

Karnan counsel was rebuked over the stream of pleas of 'urgent hearings' seeking quashing of the apex order.

The headed by Chief Justice of Jagdish Singh Khehar (CJI) said, "You are wasting court's time, will hear plea when it comes up"

Advocate Mathew Nedumpara, appearing on behalf of Karnan mentioned the matter for urgent hearing.

Karnan's lawyer on Friday had requested the apex bench to stay the arrest order.

The CJI asked Justice Karnan to file an application and told him that he can be heard when all seven judges would be available for the hearing.

Justice Karnan's lawyer told the apex that he wanted to tender an unconditional apology, but the apex registry was not accepting his application.

Justice Karnan yesterday again sought relief from the apex in the contempt of matter.

Nethumpara, who was appearing for Justice Karnan in the apex was asked for the documents to prove that he is the lawyer of Karnan.

Nethumpara told the apex that he has the 'wakalatnama' and authorisation letter.

Earlier, the apex sentenced Justice Karnan to six months in jail while holding him guilty of contempt of

It was a landmark ruling, as it is for the first time ever that a sitting High judge has been sentenced.

The apex had ordered the immediate arrest of Karnan.

The seven-judge bench of the apex headed by CJI Khehar was hearing the contempt petition against Karnan.

Justice Karnan earlier sentenced the Chief Justice of and six other apex judges to five-year rigorous imprisonment after holding them guilty under the SC/ST Atrocities Act-1989 and amended Act of 2015.

Along with the Chief Justice of India, six judges - Justice Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Kurian Joseph - had initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against Justice Karnan in February after he had named 20 "corrupt judges," seeking a probe against them.

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

Justice Karnan earlier on May 2 directed the court's registrar to issue non-bailable warrant against these seven Supreme judges.

He tagged the apex judges as 'accused' for not being present.

On May 1, in response to the apex ordering an examination of his 'mental health', Justice Karnan asserted that he would issue a suo moto suspension order against West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) if he forcefully conducted a medical checkup.

Karnan further asserted that the DGP should take all the seven accused judges for medical test too.

Earlier, the apex constituted a medical board to examine the mental condition of Justice Karnan on May 5 and also directed the DG West Bengal to assist the medical board to get justice Karnan examined.

The apex said in its order that High Courts, any tribunal and authority would not take any cognizance on the orders passed by Justice Karnan.

Earlier, in an unprecedented move, the apex had invoked its powers to initiate contempt proceedings against Justice Karnan, for writing letters casting aspersions on several judges.

Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High judges of the Madras High He also allegedly wrote about Supreme judges in his letters to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 12:22 IST