Has Justice Karnan fled the country to evade arrest?

Posted May 12, 2017

Peter Ramesh Kumar also said that the Calcutta High Court judge may be out of the country. The bench agreed to look into the petition.

When the Chief Justice of India asked about the whereabouts of Justice Karnan, the advocate said he was "very much in Chennai".

Karnan's move in approaching the supreme court was also being factored in by the Kolkata police, they said.

The team, headed by a DySP, landed in Chennai around 10:30 am, but Karnan, who was staying at the State Guest House in Chepauk, left along with two lawyers early in the morning. He did more. Hours after the SC order, Justice Karnan himself issued an order instructing the Director General of Police of New Delhi to produce the "accused" SC judges before a psychiatric board.

He further states that he could not have been convicted without charges being framed against him.

The judge has been found guilty of contempt for naming 20 judges of being "corrupt" earlier this year.

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"He (Justice Karnan) has not come to this temple", said temple executive officer D Bramarambha, in a text message to Mirror.

Of the five-judge bench hearing petitions challenging the constitutional validity of "triple talaq", only CJI Khehar and Justice Kurian Joseph are part of the seven-judge bench which had "unanimously" held Justice Karnan guilty of contempt and awarded him six months jail.

"Karnan crossed all limits of propriety and mocked at the highest court in the country in a manner that was atrocious and totally unbecoming of a senior functionary of the judiciary", said the editor who did not want his name to be quoted.

Justice of Calcutta High Court Karnan is missing in action. He went incommunicado when the full import of the apex court ruling dawned on everyone. The controversial judge was transferred from the Madras HC for his repeated allegations and tiffs with its chief justice and fellow judges.

The controversy began in January when Karnan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an investigation against judges of the Madras high court and the apex court of corruption. The SC had also directed the constitution of a medical board to examine Karnan.

However, a belligerent Justice Karnan had told the court he would not appear before it again even if he was arrested and put in jail.