Former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan arrested from Coimbatore

Judith Bessette
Junho 21, 2017

Calcutta High Court judge Justice (Retd.) C S Karnan who is facing jail term in contempt of court case was today arrested by the Kolkata police in Coimbatore.

Karnan was found guilty of contempt for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court judges including the Chief Justice.

The move against Justice Karnan came after a months-long, and sometimes farcical, standoff with the top court that saw the two sides issuing a string of orders against each other.

No judicial body was to recognise his orders, it said.

Karnan retired from service on June 12.

"Had Justice Karnan been here, the Bar would have considered".

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Justice Karnan's counsel had mentioned the matter before a vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta, which had refused to interfere with the order directing the West Bengal police to take him into custody.

Nabbed by the West Bengal CID sleuths, Karnan was taken to Chennai.

"We have arrested him finally and will be taking him to Kolkata immediately", a relieved DGP Raj Kanojia, who was leading the team that was hunting for the judge for over a month, told this newspaper.

His lawyer, Mathews J. Nedumpara, said that he will be moving Mr Karnan's bail petition in Supr-eme Court on Wednesday. He had sought recall of the apex court order saying he could not be held guilty of "contempt of court".

He had appeared before the apex court on March 31, a first in Indian judicial history, and had asked for restoration of his powers as a precondition for his re- appearance, but the plea was rejected. Seven days later wrote to the Supreme Court judges, including the Chief Justice of India, seeking compensation to the tune of Rs 14 crore from them citing "disturbing my mind and my normal life".

He was transferred to Calcutta High Court on March 11, 2016, after he raised repeated allegations against against Madras High Chief Justice and fellow judges. He also became the first high court judge to have retired as a fugitive.

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