Delhi High Court dismisses Justice Karnan’s plea against contempt law

Published - August 23, 2017 05:33 pm IST - New Delhi

Justice C.S. Karnan addressing journalists at the State guest house in Chennai on May 9, 2017.

Justice C.S. Karnan addressing journalists at the State guest house in Chennai on May 9, 2017.

The Delhi High Court on August 23, 2017 dismissed a plea of jailed former Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan challenging the constitutional validity of the Contempt of Courts Act. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said, “We do not find any merit in the writ petition. It is dismissed.”

The court rejected the submission made on behalf of the petitioner that the principles of natural justice were not followed in awarding him the jail term of six months, saying that Justice Karnan’s “communications, order and conduct established that he had full knowledge of the orders of the Supreme Court, proceedings as well as the materials against him”.

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It also noted that petitioner Justice Karnan was served with a notice to show cause as well as he was given “repeated and adequate opportunities to present his defence”.

Justice Karnan, in his petition filed through advocate Mathews J. Nedumpara, had sought a declaration from the High Court that the apex court’s May 9, 2017 order and further proceedings under it were “unconstitutional and void” as the principles of natural justice were allegedly not followed.

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