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Supreme Court registry refuses to accept Justice Karnan's plea

 Agencies |  2017-05-19 13:42:01.0  |  New Delhi

Supreme Court registry refuses to accept Justice Karnan

The Supreme Court has refused to accept for hearing a plea of Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan for recall of his six-month jail term for contempt of court.

The petition was held as "not maintainable" by the apex court registry.

Karnan, through his lawyers, had moved the apex court seeking recall of the May 9 order of the seven-judge bench which had held him guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to six months imprisonment by ordering the West Bengal police to take him into custody forthwith.

Karnan has not yet been arrested.

Earlier this month, the apex court sentenced Justice CS Karnan to six months imprisonment for contempt of court. The court also banned media from publishing content of orders passed by Justice C S Karnan.

The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognisance of numerous letters written by him against judges of Madras High Court and the Supreme Court, and restrained him from exercising administrative and judicial power from February 8. Justice Karnan is due to retire in June this year.

With contempt of court charges against him, Justice Karnan is the first ever sitting judge of a higher court in judicial history to be sent to jail.

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