Constitution gives President the power to pardon any Sentence awarded by a Court.
Lawyers representing the Calcutta HC judge C S Karnan have claimed that a representation has been made to the President Pranab Mukherjee seeking suspension of Apex Court order sentencing him to 6 months imprisonment for contempt of court.
The President’s office said that “It wasn’t aware of any such representation.”
The lawyers said a representation/memorandum under the Article 72 of the Indian Constitution was sent through an e-mail on behalf of Justice Karnan seeking “suspension or stay of his sentence of 6 months imposed on him” by a 7-judge bench headed by CJI JS Khehar.
Article 72 of our Constitution states that the President shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites, remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit, commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence.
Karnan’s lawyers had earlier claimed that the judge had written letters to the President, Prime Minister & others against his jail term.
Justice Karnan has also moved a petition in the Supreme Court seeking recall of the 9th May order but has been denied urgent hearing by the Chief Justice of India.
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