Justice Karnan seeks SC relief; CJI JS Khehar to consider his plea

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"Since the incidents of contempt include public statements made by Justice C.S. Karnan, which are being published by the electronic and print media, we are of the view that no further statements made by him should be published hereinafter", the Bench ordered. Nedumpara also furnished a signed document authorising him to appear on behalf of the controversial judge.

A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, in response, said it would hear the HC judge's "Karnan" (prayer).

The Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to consider hearing a petition by Calcutta high court justice CS Karnan seeking a review of his conviction and six-month jail sentence amid continuing confusion over his whereabouts.

Kumar said a team of police from Kolkata and Chennai, where Karnan was earlier a judge, had questioned him already. He did more. Hours after the SC order, Justice Karnan himself issued an order instructing the Director General of Police of New Delhi to produce the "accused" SC judges before a psychiatric board.

Besides, the apex court had directed that no authority should take cognisance of any orders passed by him. The team from Bengal police raided several places on Wednesday and travelled to the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, but failed to trace the judge.

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

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

Karnan said he was being given "insignificant and dummy" portfolios because he was a Dalit. Upon their arrival, the West Bengal police personnel held discussions with their Tamil Nadu counterparts on executing the arrest order, sources said.

According to Article 217 of the Constitution, a judge can only be removed by an order of the President, after both Houses of Parliament vote for his/her removal on grounds of proven "misbehaviour" and "incapacity". 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". Numerous issues raised in the Karnan case, starting from his allegations of corruption and issue of appointments, are rooted in this. The apex court had earlier even asked the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court not to assign him any judicial work.

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