Tuesday 16 May 2017

Justice Karnan
Contempt is discretionary jurisdiction. Hence even when contempt has in fact been committed, the Court is not bound to take action for contempt of court.
Justice Karnan is no doubt a bit crazy, but he is retiring on 10th June this year. Hence in my opinion it would have been best for the Supreme Court to have avoided taking contempt of court action against.
However, in its wisdom, the Court has sentenced him to 6 months jail.
Now the problem is of implementing this order. Justice Karnan has elluded two state police in 3 states for almost a week. I am reminded of these lines :
" They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven, is he in hell ?
That damned elusive Pimpernal "

When a person against whom there is an arrest warrant absconds, the police may attach his properties, moveable and immoveable under section 82/83 Cr.P.C.
Will the Supreme Court direct the Tamilnadu police do the same in respect of Justice Karnan ?
And are the Tamilnadu police sympathising with Justice Karnan in their hearts, and helping him in certain ways, since they too are Tamilians ?
It seems like an Agathie Christie mystery scenario, which requires a Hercule Poirot to solve
The Supreme Court may also consider asking the Indian Govt. to seek help from Interpol or Scotland Yard to trace the whereabouts of our own Scarlet Pimpernal.
Hari Om
, first published in 1905. The novel was written after Orczy's stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London and popular success earlier in 1905, after a first run in Nottingham in 1903.

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