Justice Karnan's Lawyer Requests Supreme Court To Stay Arrest Order Against Him

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. "The allegations contained in the said letter are against the judges named therein and not against any court, neither the Madras High Court nor the Supreme Court".

However, before the apex court had pronounced the order, Justice Karnan had left Kolkata and was reported to be staying in Chennai. Finally, Chief Justice Khehar told Mr. Nedumpara that "you have mentioned it. we will see", before rising for the day.

The apex court May 9 ordered his arrest and sentenced him to a six-month jail term.

Nedumpara said he had visited Justice Karnan in Chennai on Wednesday to get his signature.

He made the statement when advocate Mathews J. Nedumpara, on behalf of Justice Karnan, mentioned the plea for recall of the May 9 order when the bench had come to the dias after lunch to hear the triple talaq matter.

Justice Karnan, who has been on a warpath with the Supreme Court for last several months, is the first sitting judge of a high court to be sentenced.

Justice Karnan earlier on Monday sentenced the Chief Justice of India and six other apex court judges to five-year rigorous imprisonment after holding them guilty under the SC/ST Atrocities Act-1989 and amended Act of 2015. The judge was sentenced to six months in jail by the Supreme Court for contempt of court.

The Supreme Court initiated contempt proceedings against Justice Karnan on February 8 and restrained him from performing judicial and administrative work.

On May 1, in response to the apex court ordering an examination of his "mental health", Justice Karnan asserted that he would issue a suo moto suspension order against West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) if he forcefully conducted a medical checkup. He said what triggered the proceedings was a letter from him to the Prime Minister alleging corruption in the judiciary.

  • Wendy Palmer