6-Month Jail Term Must For Karnan: SC

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New Delhi: Former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan must serve six months in jail, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday, refusing his request to suspend the sentence given to him by the top court in May.

Justice (retired) Karnan was arrested in Tamil Nadu last night. He had gone underground a month ago to dodge arrest and has claimed that he is being persecuted because he is a Dalit.

The Supreme Court, which has banned the press from reporting his remarks, ordered him to jail early in May after declaring him guilty of contempt of court. The 62-year-old became the first serving High Court judge to be sentenced to prison. His sentence was delivered by seven judges including Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.

His lawyer sought bail in the Supreme Court today but was refused.

He is expected to be brought to Kolkata today from Tamil Nadu.

While evading arrest, the former High Court judge used false names to stay in resorts and switched cellphones to avoid being tracked down.

He was ordered to appear in the Supreme Court earlier this year after he accused senior judges of corruption, but refused to show up.