Justice CS Karnan retires from Calcutta HC today, first to retire while being untraceable

A seven-judge bench sentenced the judge to six-month jail time finding him guilty of contempt of court.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 12, 2017 9:00 am
Justice Karnan, SC quashes Karnan plea, Justice C S Karnan, Karnan's lawyer, Judge C S Karnan, Karnan's lawyer J Nedumpara, India News, Indian Express, Indian Express News Calcutta High Court Justice C S Karnan. (File Photo)

Calcutta High Court Judge Justice CS Karnan on Monday will become the first judge of a high court to retire while being untraceable. The controversial judge, in May this year, became the first sitting High Court judge to be convicted in a contempt of court case by the Supreme Court and was awarded a six-month sentence. Karnan, who turned 62 on Monday, was appointed  Madras High Court judge in the year 2009, and was later transferred to West Bengal in the year 2016 by the Supreme Court.

Karnan, courted controversy in January 2017, after he named 20 sitting and retired Supreme Court and High Court judges of being corrupt. In May, a seven-judge bench sentenced the judge to six-months jail finding him guilty of contempt of court. The order came a day after Karnan had ordered the arrest of eight apex court judges. Before the West Bengal Police could arrest Karnan, the controversial judge reportedly left for Chennai and has been untraceable ever since.

Despite a team of West Bengal police stationed in Chennai, the police has been unable to apprehend Justice Karnan yet, even with the help of Tamil Nadu police. Because of the Supreme Court’s order, Justice Karnan will not receive a formal farewell and will not get a chance to give his farewell speech at the court, becoming the first high court judge to miss out on his farewell.

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  1. J
    Jun 21, 2017 at 12:22 am
    it is a really sad event that takes place in the Indian Judiciary. However, we respect the decision of the Apex Court. by R.Jaganathan
    1. C
      Jun 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm
      Great shame on the law enforcement guys unable to trace him or ??? paid to keep quite!!! Learn lessons from US a sitting judge was hand cuffed and walked out of her chambers recently for not appearing before another court for DUI charges according to reports. Shameless Caullata rulers and law enforcement guys. Jaihind
      1. I
        inder dhanwani
        Jun 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm
        Its unexpected of a sitting high court judge to drag the issue out of proportion. Face the conviction sooner its better.
        1. N
          Jun 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm
          Now that he is free he would be more vocal in his senseless outbursts. How long he can hide?
          1. C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
            Jun 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm
            Now judge acts like a street criminal. Dodging law.
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