Justice Karnan moves Supreme Court seeking recall of conviction order

Justice Karnan set to move SC against his arrest order

Justice Karnan set to move SC against his arrest order

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had ordered the Director General of Police of West Bengal to forthwith arrest Justice Karnan for contempt of court.

At this, the counsel said that he was appearing for Justice Karnan and produced the waqalatnama, or authorisation, by him, and said it had been notorised in Chennai. The CJI also asked lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara about the whereabouts of Justice Karnan.

Chennai: In a weird development in the Justice CS Karnan case, who was sentenced by the Supreme Court (SC) to six months in jail, has reportedly gone missing, and police of three states have been unable to track him.

Reportedly, Justice Karnan's team is preparing documents to file a review petition in the apex court seeking a recall of the arrest order issued against him. Shortly afterwards a high-level team from West Bengal Police flew into the city to arrest and take him as the court had directed that he should be jailed in the Calcutta high court jurisdiction area.

Till a couple of hours after the SC's order, Justice Karnan, who was staying at the Tamil Nadu government state house in Chennai, kept meeting mediapersons and visitors.

The Bengal police team has been coordinating with their Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh counterparts and has questioned people.

The Supreme Court has tried to have the renegade judge undergo a psychiatric evaluation, but he has consistently refused the examination.

Soon after the jail sentence was pronounced, Justice Karnan called the media to his room in the Chennai guest house and hit out at the top court.

Justice Karnan's close aide W Peter Ramesh Kumar told The Indian Express that there is a possibility that he might have fled to "Nepal or Bangladesh" and that he may have taken the road. The controversial judge was transferred from the Madras HC for his repeated allegations and tiffs with its chief justice and fellow judges.

He tagged the apex court judges as "accused" for not being present.

Karnan said: "This kind of harassment order against my sanity is an additional insult to an innocent Dalit judge who is of sound health and mind", he said.

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