After the Supreme Court (SC) bench refused to entertain retired High Court Judge CS Karnan’s plea for parole, Karnan has now approached the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi for parole. This comes soon after Karnan was admitted to the hospital on complaints of chest pain. Karana was arrested earlier this week and was sent to 6 months in jail for contempt of court. Karnan’s lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara said that Karnan was in a stable condition now and he has approached the Governor for parole. A copy of the application has also been sent to the state government. Karnan’s lawyer is hopeful that the Governor would take a positive approach to the entire case.
An excerpt from the letter submitted to the Governor reads, “It is most respectfully prayed that Your Excellency, the Governor of West Bengal, be pleased to exercise the jurisdiction invested in Your Excellency and enlarge the prisoner, Shri Justice C S Karnan on bail/parole in the interest of justice and equity.” It may be recalled that Karnan was arrested by West Bengal police. He was hiding in the guesthouse of a private college in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district.