Where is Justice Karnan?

Justice Karnan set to move SC against his arrest order

The apex court on Tuesday held Karnan guilty of contempt and sent him to jail.

His counsel Mathews Nedumpara told the top court that Karnan was in Chennai. The five-judge bench headed by J S Khehar comprised of Justices Kurian Joseph, U U Lalit, Abdul Nazeer, and R F Nariman.

However, when CJI asked about the whereabouts of Justice Karnan, lawyer Nedumpara said that 12 advocates on record have refused to represent Justice Karnan, who is in Chennai. However, police officials said Justice Karnan was evading the arrest since then.

The plea on behalf of the judge was mentioned before the bench which had just concluded the day's hearing on the issue of triple talaq.

A Kolkata police team had unsuccessfully attempted to arrest the Calcutta High Court Judge on Wednesday.

Justice Karnan flew to Chennai on Tuesday morning, hours before the Supreme Court punished him for contempt.

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They say the state government fears that his arrest may lead to law and order issue given that he has accused the apex court judges of targeting him for being a Dalit.

Karnan was likely to move the Supreme Court today seeking recall of the six months conviction for contempt. The team from Bengal police raided several places on Wednesday and travelled to the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, but failed to trace the judge. Justice Karnan will file a review petition in SC after he gets a clear picture.

Justice Karnan appeared before the court on March 31 in connection with the contempt proceeding, becoming the first high court judge to do so in the history of Indian judiciary. More so, when the court itself had directed a mental check-up of Karnan, a sitting judge of the Kolkata High Court.

The complaint was made public, and turned out to be the beginning of a weird battle between the judges, with the loose cannon of Karnan on one side, and the rest of the judges, mainly, those of the Supreme Court, ranged on the other. The controversial judge was transferred from the Madras HC for his repeated allegations and tiffs with its chief justice and fellow judges.

Speculations are that the Calcutta High Court judge may have fled the country. Karnan, to ratchet up the fight, passed an order directing the examinations of all these seven judges instead.

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