A senior officer of the Presidency correctional home (jail), where he was lodged, told PTI, “Karnan is not very well and seems to be weak. He was taken to the state-run SSKM hospital today again for another round of tests which were not done last night”.
The Justice Karnan episode was a pointer to the glaring lacuanes in the scheme of selection and appointment of judges of the higher judiciary
Former Calcutta High Court Justice C S Karnan was arrested from a guest house in Coimbatore on Tuesday by the West Bengal Police.
Judge CS Karnan arrest came six days after his retirement on June 12. Karnan became the first high court judge to have retired as a fugitive
Justice Karnan had not been seen in public ever since the Supreme Court convicted him to six months in jail for contempt of court
Justice Karnan was sentenced by the Supreme Court to six months’ prison for contempt and had not been seen in public since then.
“A farewell given by the administration is held, which is attended by judges and senior lawyers and speeches are given as per custom. This was not held as he was not present,” Calcutta High Court registrar general Sugato Majumdar said.
A seven-judge bench sentenced the judge to six-month jail time finding him guilty of contempt of court.
The matter was mentioned before a vacation bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta. The bench refused to interfere with the order or conviction and sentencing that a special seven-judge bench had pronounced.
Ten days after the SC’s order that Karnan be taken into custody “forthwith”, he still remains at large and has not been arrested.
Justice Karnan had moved a petition in the apex court seeking recall of the May 9 order but was denied urgent hearing by the CJI.
Justice Karnan has also moved a petition in the apex court seeking recall of the May 9 order but has been denied urgent hearing by the CJI.
The 61-year-old judge was last seen in public in Chennai on Tuesday, a couple of hours after the apex court ordered his arrest forthwith in a contempt case.
“You are wasting court’s time. We will hear the plea when it comes up,” the apex court said.
To preserve judiciary’s independence, appointment process must be transparent