Kolkata: Retired Kolkata High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan will be released from Presidency Jail on Wednesday. Justice Karnan, who was arrested on June 20 in connection with a contempt of court case, was in Kolkata’s Presidency Jail after the Supreme Court refused to grant him interim bail.
A vacation bench of the apex court, headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, refused to suspend the six-month prison sentence for Justice Karnan in the case.
Mathew J Nedumpara, a lawyer appearing for Justice Karnan, mentioned the matter before the vacation bench of the top court. Nedumpara pleaded to the apex court seeking bail and suspension of the six months jail sentence, to which the court observed, “The seven judge bench had passed the order. It binds everybody. It binds us also.” Justice Karnan was arrested by the Kolkata police in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The apex court earlier on May 19 rejected Justice Karnan’s plea for recall of the six-month jail term for contempt of court, stating that the petition was “not maintainable” in the court.