Retired Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan, at Loggerheads With SC Judges, Arrested in Coimbatore
Retired Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan was on Tuesday arrested in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore. He is likely to be brought to Kolkata on Wednesday.
A file photo of former Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan. (CNN-News18 Photo)
New Delhi: Retired Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan, who has been at loggerheads with the Supreme Court judges, was on Tuesday arrested in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore. He was arrested by the West Bengal police and is likely to be brought to Kolkata on Wednesday.
Earlier, Supreme Court had issued an arrest order against him for his defamatory remarks against the top court's collegium system.
On June 12, Justice Karnan became the first sitting High Court judge to retire in absentia after he eluded the Supreme Court arrest order, also sentencing him to six months in jail for contempt.
The order was passed by no less than seven senior-most judges in the top court and Director General of Police, West Bengal, had been ordered to ensure the HC judge is made to serve the sentence.
When Karnan was being held guilty under the Contempt of Courts Act, Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, who was heading the seven-judge bench, said that he wanted to send out a message loud and clear that judiciary will not hesitate to act against even one of its own.
A seven-judge special bench of the Supreme Court had also ordered the Director General of Police, West Bengal, to medically examine Justice Karnan. Justice Karnan had termed this order as “ridiculous and unusual”.
But on May 4, Karnan declined to undergo a mental health checkup as ordered, telling a team of doctors that he was “absolutely normal”.
In the wake of the controversial issue, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that Justice Karnan episode calls for a greater scrutiny of the judiciary.
Justice Karnan appeared before the Supreme Court on March 31 in connection with the contempt proceeding, becoming the first high court judge to do so in the history of Indian judiciary.
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