Where is Justice Karnan? (Third Lead)

Justice Karnan had refused to undergo a medical test and on May 8 Monday he had passed an order of jail term against 8 SC judges

Earlier on Tuesday, the apex court sentenced Justice Karnan to six months in jail while holding him guilty of contempt of court.

Reports said the judge was exploring options to meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and even plan to challenge his sentence.

Meanwhile, Peter also dismissed reports of a personal affidavit by Justice Karnan authorising lawyer Mathews Nedumpara to move the Supreme Court on his behalf, seeking a recall of its order convicting him.

The plea was mentioned before the bench, that also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, U U LALIT and Abdul Nazeer, which had just concluded the day's hearing on the issue of triple talaq.

A five-member team of the Kolkata Police arrived in Chennai on Wednesday morning to arrest Justice C S Karnan, but the controversial Calcutta High Court judge was not traceable till late in the night.

"We are of the unanimous view that Justice CS Karnan committed contempt of court, contempt of judiciary and the process".

The team then travelled to Andhra Pradesh but came back empty-handed.

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The complaint was made public, and turned out to be the beginning of a freaky battle between the judges, with the loose cannon of Karnan on one side, and the rest of the judges, mainly, those of the Supreme Court, ranged on the other.

Karnan had earlier turned away a team of doctors after the Supreme Court ordered a psychiatric evaluation to ascertain if he was mentally ill.

Justice Karnan had alleged this was done because he is a Dalit. The SC had also directed the constitution of a medical board to examine Karnan.

A spokesman for Kolkata police confirmed that Karnan had not yet been arrested. A recalcitrant Karnan had on February 15, 2016 stayed his transfer order, which was suspended by the Supreme Court.

Justice Karnan has been accused of circulation of disparaging letters against sitting High Court judges of the Madras High Court.

Karnan alleged the judges harbor a caste bias against him and that the apex court order amounts to an offence under the law to punish atrocities against Dalits and tribals.

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