Delhi HC dismisses CS Karnan's plea challenging validity of Contempt of Courts Act

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea of jailed former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan challenging the constitutional validity of the Contempt of Courts Act.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said "we do not find any merit in the writ petition. It is dismissed."

File image of retired high court judge Karnan. PTI

File image of retired high court judge Karnan. PTI

The court rejected the submission made on behalf of the petitioner that the principles of natural justice were not followed in awarding him the jail term of six months, saying that Karnan's "communications, order and conduct established that he had full knowledge of the orders of the Supreme Court, proceedings as well as the materials against him."

It also noted that petitioner Karnan was served with a notice to show cause as well as he was given "repeated and adequate opportunities to present his defence."

Karnan, in his petition filed through advocate Mathews J Nedumpara, had sought a declaration from the high court that the apex court's 9 May sentencing order and further proceedings under it were "unconstitutional and void" as the principles of natural justice were allegedly not followed.


Updated Date: Aug 23, 2017 19:36 PM

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