The Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan, who was awarded six-month jail by the Supreme Court for contempt, has reportedly filed a mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee seeking stay of the order.
Lawyers representing Karnan has claimed that a representation has been made to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking suspension of the Supreme Court order sentencing him to six months imprisonment for the contempt of court.
However, the President’s office said, “It was not aware of any such representation.”
The lawyers said a memorandum under Article 72 of the Constitution was sent through email on behalf of Karnan seeking “suspension/stay of his sentence of six months imposed on him” by a seven-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.
Article 72 states the President shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence.
The representation prepared by Karnan’s counsel Mathews J Nedumpara and A C Philip referred to the developments since the 9 May judgment. His lawyers had earlier claimed that the judge had shot off letters to the president, the prime minister and others against his jail term.
Justice Karnan has also moved a petition in the apex court seeking recall of the 9 May order but has been denied urgent hearing by the CJI.
Karnan’s counsel Peter Ramesh Kumar had said that since Karnan is set to retire in June, sentencing him to jail will delay clearance of his retirement benefits. High Court judges get paid out of the Consolidated Fund of India.
Justice Karnan was found in contempt of court for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court and High Court judges. On 11 May, the Supreme Court was moved seeking suspension of the six-month sentence.