Justice Karnan moves SC seeking recall of conviction order

Controversial Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan's lawyer on Friday claimed his client had tried to issue an unconditional apology over his dispute with the Supreme Court, but that the apex court's registry staff did not allow him to do so, ANI reported.

As Karnan's counsel Mathew Nadumpara mentioned the petition before the Constitution bench at the fag end of the proceedings on Thursday, Chief Justice JS Khehar, who is heading the bench, said they would consider it.

Of the nine-judge bench hearing petitions challenging the constitutional validity of "triple talaq", only CJI Khehar and Justice Kurian Joseph are part of the seven-judge bench which had issued a contempt notice against Karnan.

However, the advocate said, "I am addressing the CJI only" and added that the plea related to suspension of sentence of Justice Karnan. We have sent it to the registry. You file the petition before the registry. You can not keep on handing over papers to us.

"The seven judges assembled to take a conscious decision", a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.

Nedumpara also said that 12 advocates on record had refused to represent Justice Karnan.




The apex court had ordered his arrest and sentenced him to a six-month jail term.

The seven-judge bench of the apex court had on May 9 passed the order sentencing Karnan to jail by holding him guilty of contempt of court and sentencing him to six months imprisonment, a day after he defiantly ordered eight apex court judges to be put behind bars.

Claiming that a HC is not subordinate to the SC, he said the apex court can not initiate contempt proceedings against a HC judge under the Constitutional scheme.

Justice Karnan checked into the Chennai Guest House on Tuesday after leaving his home in Kolkata.

Justice Karnan said the allegations contained in the said letter are against the Judges named therein and not against any court - neither the high court of Madras nor the Supreme Court.

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

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