Former Justice Karnan Petitions Prez Kovind Seeking Remission of Sentence


New Delhi: Stepping up his effort to get remission of the six-month prison sentence awarded to him by the Supreme Court for contempt of court, former Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan petitioned the new President Ram Nath Kovind minutes after he assumed office.

It has been e-mailed to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by his legal team on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Karnan’s lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara said they were planning to make it the “first petition submitted physically and electronically” to the new President “within minutes” of his swearing in.

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Ram Nath Kovind took oath as the 14th President of India on Tuesday.


Karnan’s lawyer also said the final draft of the petition to the new President was prepared on Monday. Earlier, Karnan had also written to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi seeking parole.

Karnan was arrested by the Kolkata police in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on June 20 and brought to the national capital. As per reports, the Calcutta High Court judge, who was absconding since May 9, was brought to Kolkata on transit remand.

Earlier on June 7, the Supreme Court had refused to grant relief to Justice Karnan in the contempt of court case where he was sentenced to six-month imprisonment.