Former Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan arrested from Coimbatore

Justice Karnan was sentenced by the Supreme Court to six months' prison for contempt and had not been seen in public since then. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2017 9:12 pm
justice karnan, justice karnan arrested, calcutta high court judge arrested, tamil nadu, coimbatore Justice Karnan was arrested in Coimbatore, more than a month after the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months imprisonment for contempt of court. (File Photo)

Former Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan was on Tuesday arrested by West Bengal police from the guest house of a private college in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district. This comes a week after he retired from service. He was sentenced by the Supreme Court to six months jail term for contempt of court and had not been seen in public since then. He also became the first high court judge to have retired as a fugitive.

According to a top police official, Karnan had resisted the arrest and argued with the police before he was eventually taken into custody. “We have arrested former high court judge Karnan from south India,” a senior officer of the CID said. According to PTI, Three police teams from Kolkata were camping in Coimbatore for the past three days and traced him on the basis of his mobile phone calls. He will later be taken to Kolkata, the police said.

Earlier this month, the apex court had declined the 62-year-old’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction in a contempt of court case. The matter was mentioned before a vacation bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta. The bench had refused to interfere with the order or conviction.

While seeking a stay on his conviction, Karnan’s counsel had pointed out that the detailed order had not been made available yet. However, the court said: “Nothing has happened in the past one month. You wait for three or four more weeks and go to the special bench. We cannot help you.’’

In May, a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, had sentenced Justice Karnan to six months’ jail for defying its orders and ordered the West Bengal police to take him into custody forthwith.

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 in 2016.

With inputs from PTI

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    Gomathi Raghavan
    Jun 21, 2017 at 8:22 am
    there isn't much variance between arrogant judge and bjp brass both reflect defect in Indian Democracy
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      Gomathi Raghavan
      Jun 21, 2017 at 8:18 am
      there is not much of variance between arrogant judge bjp brass. this reflects loophole in democracy
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        Chander Pal
        Jun 21, 2017 at 5:58 am
        There was another unrelated story in the media as to how a pra ati was able to secure bail. Any way the charge against this judge is that he says all are culprits. Like we say all politicians are. But some are for sure???
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          Krishnamoorthy Iyer
          Jun 21, 2017 at 5:31 am
          Why a coach for a 'TOP' cricket team?
          1. N
            Jun 21, 2017 at 4:42 am
            Good the errant Judge violating laws of land finally found - put him in solitary confinement with NO visitors NO need to ask or publish his views anymore! ADDitional term also should be imposed for escape mode - shameful for Judge
            1. A
              Jun 21, 2017 at 2:53 am
              Good I feel it's the beginning. Now do the same with corrupt and criminal politicians too.
              1. R
                Jun 21, 2017 at 2:44 am
                Such strong will to bring all offenders to justice was never seen for 65yrs as there was no governance.......only congress politics of loot and exploitation. NDA has shown the commitment to clean and improve functionality of all the important government and public ins utions .....even the armed forces are being questioned and action taken against all those who are found to be guilty of lacking in performance as in the case of negligence of some very senior officers that failed to prevent the Pathankot attack by terrorists. With Team-Modi's strong political will from the top , a billion-plus Nation can be certain of rooting out non-performance and corruption from Indian soil in a matter of three to five years of rigorous pursuit by our law enforcement agencies given a free hand......our intelligence agencies and the cops have strong capability to nab the crookest of cheats who had beeen nesting cosily within the govt. with the blessings of earlier corrupt colonial-congress regimes.
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                  Sujatha Selvam
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 1:39 am
                  There are multi-million Rupees looters of public money outside moving freely with the comfort of the government, but here is one simple man, who raised the issue of corruption among judges, is being humiliated like a nasty criminal.
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