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.
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.
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.
Chennai: Justice (retd) CS Karnan being taken to Kolkata by West Bengal police. pic.twitter.com/3NsNQZscdn
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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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