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May 16, 2017

SC Warns HC Judge Justice CS Karnan For Sending Lawyer Repeatedly To Seek Hearing

Justice CS Karnan

On May 15, Supreme Court warned Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan, who is evading arrest, for sending his advocate repeatedly to seek urgent hearing against the award of six month jail term to him, and even told his lawyer that he could be thrown out of the court.

Supreme Court came down heavily against his lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara, who was told that he can even be asked to be “thrown out” of the court for making it a habit to mention the matter “over and over again”.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said that “We are saying no and yet you (lawyer) continue to come again and again. You come five times or 20 times. But we are telling you that you are interfering with the process of the court. Everyday you are interfering with the process of court. We are liberal to you. It is for you to understand, we can be liberal and harsh.”

The remarks were made when Nedumpara, counsel for Justice Karnan, sought urgent hearing and setting up of the seven-judge bench which had held Karnan guilty of contempt of court with six months imprisonment on May 9.

Earlier, Nedumpara had mentioned the matter, inviting strong remarks from the CJI.

The bench had remarked that “We have asked you to file your petition before the registry. If registry passes it, we will hear it. You have got a habit of coming over and over again. If you interfere with the process of law, we can ask you to be thrown out.”

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