India: SC refuses to grant relief to Justice Karnan, dismisses petitions

June 7, 2017

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant relief to Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan in the contempt case.

Two petitions were filed in the Supreme Court, one seeking relief from the six months imprisonment’ and the second, stating that the apex court had no right to pass orders against him and impeachment proceedings can only be done after consulting the parliament.

However, refusing to hear the petitions, the vacation bench observed that only the special bench can pass orders or grant relief.

On May 9, a seven-judge bench had found Justice Karnan of contempt of court and had sentenced him to six months imprisonment.  The Calcutta High Court judge was facing contempt proceedings for writing a letter to Prime Minister accusing various judges and officers of the Madras High Court of corruption.



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