Justice Karnan arrested, taken to Presidency jail

Karnan, who had been evading arrest since the May 9 Supreme Court order awarding a six-month jail term, was arrested on June 20 in Coimbatore.

Published: 21st June 2017 08:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2017 08:01 PM   |  A+A-

Justice CS Karnan | File | EPS

Justice CS Karnan | File | EPS

By Online Desk

KOLKATA: Arrested former Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan was today brought here from Chennai and taken to the Presidency correctional home (jail).

Karnan, who had been evading arrest since the May 9 Supreme Court order awarding a six-month jail term, was arrested last night by a team of West Bengal CID from a private resort at Malumichampatti, about six km from Coimbatore, where he was "hiding" for the past few days.

"His medical tests were completed at the airport and he was taken straightaway to the jail", the officer said.



Three police teams from Kolkata were camping in Coimbatore and traced Karnan on the basis of his mobile phone calls with the Tamil Nadu Police providing technical support to trace his whereabouts, a senior local police officer had said.

Karnan, who earned the dubious distinction of being the first sitting high court judge to be awarded a jail term by the apex court, had retired from service on June 12 as a fugitive. He faced contempt of court after years of long legal battles, accusing several judges of corruption and misconduct in the judiciary.

His arrest caused mixed reactions on twitter. With his questioning of the transparency of the judicial system, some saw him as a 'whistleblower' who was silenced.



However, with his unbelievable claims that had no evidence to be backed up, and since his state of mind was in question after he refused to undergo a psychological evaluation test by the court, there were many who accused him of disgracing the judiciary.



A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, had sentenced him to six months imprisonment for contempt of court.

However, a day after his arrest, the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea for interim bail and suspension of the six-month sentence awarded to him for contempt of court.

Enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in 1983, Karnan was appointed a judge of the Madras High Court in 2009. He was transferred to the Calcutta High Court on March 11, 2016.

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