SC turns down Justice CS Karnan's plea for interim bail and suspension of six-month sentence

A vacation bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul said the court was duty-bound by the order of the seven-judge bench on the case and Karnan.

PTI June 21, 2017 11:46:43 IST
SC turns down Justice CS Karnan's plea for interim bail and suspension of six-month sentence

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan's plea seeking interim bail and suspension of the six-month sentence awarded to him for contempt of court.

SC turns down Justice CS Karnans plea for interim bail and suspension of sixmonth sentence

File image of Justice CS Karnan. PTI

A vacation bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul said the court was duty-bound by the order of the seven-judge bench on the case and Karnan — arrested on Tuesday after being on the run for more than a month — should mention the matter before a bench of the chief justice.

The seven-judge bench had already passed an order and only the special bench could hear the plea, the judges said.

Appearing for Karnan, advocate Mathew J Nedumpara said this court had all the powers and should grant the interim bail till the reopening of the court.

To this, the vacation bench said it could not override the order of the seven-judge bench.

Karnan, 62, was arrested on Tuesday night by the West Bengal CID from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, more than a month after the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months imprisonment for contempt of court.

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