The judge hit the headlines first when he accused his fellow colleagues in the Chennai High Court of caste discrimination since he was a Dalit. He also alleged that a fellow judge ‘deliberately’ touched him with his foot as he was a Dalit.
Former HC Justice Karnan was arrested from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on June 20 after he evaded the police for over a month.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the petition, challenging the Supreme Court’s decision holding him in contempt and sending him to jail for six months, was “completely misdirected and untenable”.
The controversial former judge made the representation through his counsel Mathews J Nedumpara. “A representation seeking remission of the six-month jail term awarded to Justice(retd) Karnan was presented to the President’s office today,” Nedumpara said.
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CS Karnan, who is the first high court justice to be sentenced to prison while in service, has made several futile attempts to knock on the Supreme Court’s door seeking relief since he was sentenced by a seven-judge special bench for contempt of court
The 62-year-old judge, who retired on June 12 was held guilty of contempt of court for his comments against the Chief Justice of India and other judges of the higher judiciary.
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.