Former judge Karnan arrested, SC denies bail

Former Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan , absconding since May 9, after being sentenced for 6-month prison for Contempt of Court, was arrested by West Bangal police backed by Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday.

The judge was nabbed last evening around 7.30 pm from an independent house at Machegoundan Palyam, a suburb  close to Coimbatore.

When faced with police, the judge allegedly argued heatedly with them citing that he wanted to speak to the media first.

Meanwhile Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accept former Judge’s plea seeking interim bail and suspension of six-month sentence for contempt of court.

Karnan’s tenure as  judge had ended while in hiding and with SC now refusing to alter the sentencing, the retired judge is headed to serve his sentence.

The Backdrop
During his time in Madras High Court,  Karnan had frequent run-ins into Chief Justice and fellow judges following which he was transferred to Calcutta High Court.

He then resorted to writing letters to Prime Minister leveling serious charges of corruption and caste discrimination in the judiciary.

Added to this Karnan made open statements tainting the institution saying “I admit the Indian judiciary is corrupt,”

Reacting to the relentlessness, SC issued contempt notice asking the judge to appear before it and explain claims.

However on March 10, Karnan refused to appear in the apex court before a 7-judges bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, which then issued bailable warrant against him.

In a Dramatic move, Karnan proceeded to issue his own order barring the seven judges from flying. To make matters worse, his order ‘sentenced’ Khehar and the other six judges to five years of rigorous imprisonment for ‘jointly committed offences punishable under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 and the amended Act of 2015″.

SC in turn sentenced Karnan for six months in jail, the first-time-ever a sitting judge faced imprisonment.

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