Justice Karnan arrested in Coimbatore

CS Karnan (file image)

Calcutta High Court Judge Justice (Retd.) C.S. Karnan, who is facing a jail term in contempt of court case, was arrested by the Kolkata police in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

Justice Karnan’s close aide and his counsel confirmed the arrest, adding that he would move the Supreme Court tomorrow seeking Justice Karnan’s release and cancellation or suspension of the jail sentence.

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As per reports, the Calcutta High Court judge, who was absconding since May 9, will be brought to Kolkata tomorrow on transit remand.

Earlier on June 7, the Supreme Court refused to grant relief to Justice Karnan in the contempt of court case where he was sentenced to six-month imprisonment.

The apex court earlier on May 19 rejected Justice Karnan’s plea for recall of the six-month jail term for contempt of court, stating that the petition was “not maintainable” in the court.

“I am constrained, but to hold that the present writ petition is not maintainable. The relief, if any, lies somewhere else. I, thus, see no reasonable cause to receive the present writ petition for registration under the provisions of order XV, Rule (5) of the Supreme Court rules, 2013,” the Supreme Court Registrar said in the order.

Earlier this month, Justice Karnan had approached the apex court seeking a recall of the May 9 order, in which he was convicted and was sentenced to six-month imprisonment.

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The top court had taken suo motu cognizance of numerous letters written by him against judges of the Madras High Court and the apex court and restrained him from exercising administrative and judicial powers from February 8.

Karnan is the first ever sitting judge of a higher court in judicial history to be sentenced to jail term.


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