In hiding for a month, judge Karnan held in Coimbatore

Sixty-two-year-old Karnan, who retired on June 12, had been evading arrest ever since the May 9 Supreme Court order — the first of its kind against a serving high court judge.

By: Express News Service | Chennai/kolkata | Published: June 21, 2017 5:15 am
CS Karnan, Karnan arrested, Supreme Court, SC order against Karnan Judge Karnan in Coimbatore, Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

More than a month after the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months imprisonment for contempt of court, former Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan was arrested Tuesday night by the West Bengal CID from a guest house in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

“Justice Karnan has been arrested. He will be brought to Kolkata via Chennai tomorrow morning and he will be put in Presidency Jail,” ADG (CID) Rajesh Kumar told The Indian Express.

Sixty-two-year-old Karnan, who retired on June 12, had been evading arrest ever since the May 9 Supreme Court order — the first of its kind against a serving high court judge.

Police sources said his location was traced to a guest house attached to a private educational institution at Malumichampatti on Pollachi high road near Coimbatore. He tried to resist arrest when the officers landed there.

Last month, a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, had asked the West Bengal DGP to take Karnan into custody — he had been at loggerheads with the Supreme Court for several months. The bench also barred the media from publishing or reporting the orders passed by Karnan.

Following the order, Karnan tried to get relief from the top court but failed. The Supreme Court refused to hear his plea seeking a stay on its jail term order.

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  1. V
    Jun 21, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    What a contrast? Today, one Dalit is being elevated as President of India, while another Dalit behaves like a shame on his good name, his origins, his state, gets arrested after serving as a high court judge. Even Dalit leaders, award wapsis, anti nationals do not support this person.
    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Jun 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm
      What he had achieved by hiding is nothing but brought disrepute to the post he held, to the community he belonged and the State of Tamil Nadu by absconding like a Criminal whereas he had the power and authority as a Judge on the culprits, now he is also arrested shows him very poorly and Is it necessary at this point of life during such retirement days is the query ???
      1. L
        Jun 21, 2017 at 10:24 am
        This is what happens when reservation policy is misused. He was elevated out of turn by another reserved category who himself was elevated by yet another of the same category. It looks good to say that we have the first President, Chief Justice, CM and so on from the reserved category, but Ambedkar never said that Merit can be ignored outright. He wanted reservation to continue for 10 years , but now it is more than 50 years and we are only extending the privilege to more and more percentage of the population. We have engineers and doctors who probably got less than 25 marks in entrance and remained at that level because they were sure to get the degree!!
        1. A
          Jun 21, 2017 at 10:07 am
          Side effects of reservations .
          1. D
            Jun 21, 2017 at 10:04 am
            This is why I always say the Indian Supreme Court and CBI are owned and operated by the Italian Mafia Kamvali. This criminal judge will be housed in Presidency Prison with seven star hotel treatment. In spite of Modi and BJP in charge of The country, but SC is still rule by Kamvali. That retired black, fat ugly CBI director Ranjit Sinha who sent hundred thousand Crores rupees to the Kamvali is roaming free in Bihar with his older brother Shotgun. Shame on the fake dynasty.
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