Supreme Court Turns Down Former Judge Justice CS Karnan’s Bail Plea
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-23

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A day after the arrest of former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain his plea for interim bail and suspension of the six-month sentence awarded to him for contempt of court.

The apex court said it was duty-bound by the seven- judge bench’s order in the case and ‘cannot override it’.

“The matter has been heard by a seven-judge bench and order has been passed. The order is binding on us. We in vacation cannot override it. It is nothing we can do,” a vacation bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul said.

Appearing for the retired judge, who was arrested in Coimbatore yesterday after being on the run for more than a month, advocate Mathews J Nedumpara said equity demands that he be granted bail till the court reopened.

However, the bench said, “All equity is subject to law and judicial discipline. You mention the matter before the bench of chief justice.”

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