Kar­nan seeks re­call of SC con­tempt or­der


JUS­TICE C S Kar­nan, sen­tenced to six months’ jail by the Supreme Court for con­tempt of court, on Thurs­day sought a “re­call” of the or­der and a “stay” on the court’s di­rec­tive to ar­rest him.

His pe­ti­tion was men­tioned be­fore a five-judge Con­sti­tu­tion bench headed by the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia just as it fin­ished the day’s hear­ing pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing the prac­tice of triple talaq.the CJI asked Kar­nan’s coun­sel Mathews J Ne­dumpara if he had the power of at­tor­ney to rep­re­sent his client, to which the coun­sel an­swered in the af­fir­ma­tive. Ne­dumpara said all the ad­vo­cates of record whom he had ap­proached to get the pe­ti­tion signed had re­fused to do so, “such is the fear of your lord­ships”. He said the apex court registry too de­clined to ac­cept his pe­ti­tion, forc­ing him to ap­pear be­fore the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia, J S Khe­har.

Jus­tice Khe­har said this was not the right bench to hear the mat­ter. But the coun­sel per­sisted and said he was mak­ing a per­sonal sub­mis­sion. Jus­tice Khe­har then said: “You have sub­mit­ted your plea. We will ex­am­ine it.”

While Ne­dumpara said Jus­tice Kar­nan was in Chen­nai, an as­so­ci­ate of the judge in Chen­nai added to the un­cer­tainty about his where­abouts by sug­gest­ing that he may have left the coun­try and may re­turn only if he is al­lowed to speak to the Pres­i­dent.

In Chen­nai, a five-mem­ber Kolkata Po­lice team waited to ar­rest­the­cal­cut­tahigh­court­judge.

W Peter Ramesh Ku­mar, an as­so­ci­ate of Jus­tice Kar­nan, said that although the me­dia and Chen­nai Po­lice were told that Jus­tice Kar­nan had left the Chep­auk gov­ern­ment guest house on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to visit Kala­hasti, about 130 km north of Chen­nai and in Chit­toor of Andhra Pradesh, Ku­mar said only the judge’s cell­phone had trav­elled to Kala­hasti while he took a di­rec­tion to­wards north.

Ku­mar said Kar­nan might have crossed the In­dian bor­der into “Nepal or Bangladesh” but re­fused to elab­o­rate on de­tails.

He said Kar­nan might have crossed the In­dian bor­der early Thurs­day morn­ing. “He took a road route,” he said.

Ku­mar said Jus­tice Kar­nan will re­turn only if the Pres­i­dent, who ap­pointed him, gave him a hear­ing.

“Jus­tice Kar­nan will not sur­ren­der un­til he gets jus­tice. Only the op­er­a­tive part of SC or­der is avail­able now. Un­less he gets an elab­o­rate copy of the SC or­der, he will not be able to an­a­lyse the judg­ment. It was the Pres­i­dent who ap­pointed him and there are pro­to­cols for both of them to meet .... More­over, his pe­ti­tion against 20 se­nior SC judges and their cor­rup­tion charges is still ly­ing with the Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. When he was sen­tenced to prison, what hap­pens to that pe­ti­tion and charges he raised against the SC judges? His pe­ti­tion is not yet re­jected,” Ku­mar said.

He said Jus­tice Kar­nan will file a re­view pe­ti­tion in the Supreme Court af­ter he gets a clear pic­ture.

Oi­nam Anand

The wall of a mar­riage hall in Bharat­pur that col­lapsed on Thurs­day, leav­ing 24 peo­ple dead.

As­so­ci­ate in Chen­nai says judge may have left the coun­try

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