Have Approached President Over Supreme Court's Order, Claim Justice Karnan's Lawyers

President Pranab Mukherjee's office said it was "not aware of any such representation."

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Have Approached President Over Supreme Court's Order, Claim Justice Karnan's Lawyers

Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan has been sentenced to prison by the Supreme Court

New Delhi:  The lawyers representing Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan have 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 contempt of court. However, the President's office said It was "not aware of any such representation."

The lawyers yesterday said a memorandum/representation under Article 72 of the Constitution was sent through e-mail on behalf of Justice Karnan seeking "suspension/stay of his sentence of six months imposed on him" by a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar.

Article 72 states that 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 Justice Karnan's counsel Mathews J Nedumpara and AC Philip referred to the developments since the May 9 judgement.

His lawyers had earlier claimed that the judge had written letters to President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi and others against his jail term.

Justice Karnan has also moved a petition in the Supreme Court seeking recall of the May 9 order but has been denied urgent hearing.
 

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