Contempt of court: Justice Karnan seeks relief from Supreme Court

CS Karnan left for Chennai on early morning flight: Bengal Police

And finally… contemptuous

A senior Indian judge who ordered the arrest of the Chief Justice of India and seven Supreme Court judges has been jailed for contempt. To this, Nedumpara said he is "very much in Chennai". The bench agreed to look into the petition. The court also banned the media, both print and electronic from publishing the contents of further orders passed by Justice Karnan. Nedumpara also furnished a signed document authorising him to appear on behalf of the controversial judge.

He filed a petition in the Supreme Court before a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, on which CJI Kehar said that the court will look into the matter. 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. The Bengal police team has been coordinating with their Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh counterparts and is on a lookout for the judge. The warrant had come nearly a month after the court had asked Justice Karnan to appear in person and explain why contempt proceedings not be initiated against him.

Even as police forces expand their search, Karnan is believed to be seeking a review of the six-month imprisonment awarded by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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.

Meanwhile, Justice Karnan on a personal visit to Chennai on Tuesday, had a "press meet" at the State Guest House in Chepauk. This decision he stayed through a judicial order of his own, which was later upheld by a two-judge bench of the high court.

Speculations are that the Calcutta High Court judge may have fled the country.

Karnan alleged the judges harbor a caste bias against him and that the apex court order amounts to an offence under the law to punish atrocities against Dalits and tribals. A joint team was formed to arrest Justice Karnan. After a closed-door meeting with the then Chief Justice, T S Thakur, Karnan accepted the transfer and apologised for his actions saying that he had lost his "mental balance".

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