Former Calcutta High Court Judge Justice CS Karnan who was convicted by the Supreme Court for contempt of Court, has been arrested by West Bengal Police from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
He has been evading arrest since May 9, retired on June 12, became the first High Court Judge to have retired while still absconding.
This was in aftermath of an order passed on May 9, wherein the 7 Judge SC Bench had sentenced him to 6 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of Court. “On merits, we are of the considered view, that Sri Justice C.S. Karnan, has committed contempt of the judiciary. His actions constitute contempt of this Court, and of the judiciary of the gravest nature. Having found him guilty of committing contempt, we convict him accordingly. We are satisfied to punish him by sentencing him to imprisonment for six months. As a consequence, the contemnor shall not perform any administrative or judicial functions,” the 7 judge bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar had then observed.