Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Contempt of court: Justice Karnan seeks relief from Supreme Court

Contempt of court: Justice Karnan seeks relief from Supreme Court

Justice Karnan Wednesday moved the apex court seeking a recall of an order holding him guilty of contempt of court.

CJI Khehar then said, "You have mentioned it, we will consider", but gave no commitment.

The official said that the police team returned as he was not in his residence.

A Kolkata police team, which landed in Chennai on Wednesday morning, was unable to trace the judge, who had just a day ago held a press conference at the state guest house in Chepauk.

The apex court has ordered the Director General of West Bengal Police to set up a team to implement its arrest order "forthwith".

In his appeal, Justice Karnan has challenged the Constitutional validity of contempt of court act and said that he has been convicted without any charges being framed.

The Bengal police team has been coordinating with their Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh counterparts and has questioned people. The warrant had come nearly a month after the court had asked Justice Karnan to appear in person and explain why contempt proceedings not be initiated against him.

Justice Karnan appeared before the court on March 31 in connection with the contempt proceeding, becoming the first high court judge to do so in the history of Indian judiciary.

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The Supreme Court has tried to have the renegade judge undergo a psychiatric evaluation, but he has consistently refused the examination.

The petition comes as the whereabouts of Justice Karnan remained a mystery.

Peter, however, did reveal Justice Karnan's next steps.

Justice Karnan earlier on May 2 directed the court's registrar to issue non-bailable warrant against these seven Supreme Court judges. He went incommunicado when the full import of the apex court ruling dawned on everyone.

He was transferred from the Madras HC for his repeated allegations and run-ins with its chief justice and fellow judges.

"The seven judges looking at my case are corrupt".

A spokesman for Kolkata police confirmed that Karnan had not yet been arrested.

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

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