Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Justice Karnan arrested in Coimbatore

Justice Karnan arrested in Coimbatore

Absconding since May 9 when a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court passed an unprecedented six-month imprisonment order against him, Calcutta High Court Judge Justice CS Karnan was today arrested by the Kolkata Police from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu in a joint operation by the police of both states.

The Supreme Court eventually found Justice Karnan guilty of contempt, and ordered his arrest on May 9.

Justice Karnan arrested by West Bengal CID in Coimbatore. "We provided technical assistance to the West Bengal police, and they arrested him from the apartment", A Amalraj, City Comissioner of Police (Coimbatore), told TOI.

He had sought a recall of the apex court's order, contending he could not be held guilty of contempt of court.

Probably the police may lay its hands on the controversial judge now that he has retired.

Karnan became the first sitting judge to face the Supreme Court wrath and earn an order directing him to undergo psychiatric analysis for mental stability.

Retired judge C S Karnan is expected to be brought to Chennai on Wednesday after which he will be taken to Kolkata.

Despite several attempts, Karnan has failed to get any relief from the apex court's vacation benches which refused to hear his plea seeking a stay of its jail term order. No judicial body was to recognise his orders, it said. Advocate Mathews J Nedumpara had said that he, along with other counsel representing the High Court judge and his son CS Sugan, met Ashok Mehta, the Secretary to the President, and handed over an application for suspension of the sentence under Article 72 of the Constitution. The seven SC judges are not mentally stable. "This was not held as he was not present", Calcutta High Court Registrar General Sugato Majumdar said.

Asked about clearance of Justice Karnan's retirement benefits, Majumdar said, "All formalities will be completed as per the law". Even if other six judges Chief Justice Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B. Lokur, and Justice Kurian Joseph continue to remain on the bench, change of one judge as per the top court practice, would necessitate fresh hearing of the matter.

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