Karnan files mercy plea before President   as SC refuses to  hear his petition

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 May 2017 08:18:50


May 18 ,

(Agencies) ,

CALCUTTA High Court judge Justice C S Karnan has filed a mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee seeking stay of the Supreme Court order after his plea was rejected by the apex court. Counsel Peter Ramesh Kumar told IANS that the mercy plea was filed on Wednesday, under Article 72 1B of the Constitution. However, the President’s office said, “It was not aware of any such representation.”

Earlier, Ramesh Kumar had said that since Karnan is set to retire in June, sentencing him to jail will delay clearance of his retirement benefits. High Court judges get paid out of the Consolidated Fund of India.

Justice Karnan was found in contempt of court for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court and High Court judges. On May 11, the Supreme court was moved seeking suspension of the six-month sentence.

Meanwhile, Karnan has received yet another jolt from the Supreme Court, which has refused to list and hear his plea seeking recall of the order awarding six-month jail term for contempt of court. The petition was held as “not maintainable” by the apex court registry.

“It is thus manifestly clear from the averments made in the petition that the petitioner intends to impugne and challenge the judicial order passed by this court on May 9, 2017, in the suo motu petition.

“The proceedings therein were decided on merits and after due consideration, it was held that Justice C S Karnan had committed contempt of the gravest nature resulting in finding of guilt. As a sequel the petitioner also stands convicted and sentenced to an imprisionment of six months. The said findings have since attained finality,” an apex court registrar, who deals with listing of fresh writ petitions, said in his order.

The order was passed on May 12 and sent to Justice Karnan’s lawyers three days later. Karnan is yet to be arrested.