Coimbatore: West Bengal CID arrested Retired Justice CS Karnan from Coimbatore on Tuesday on charges of contempt of court. The arrest has been confirmed by his lawyer Peter Ramesh.
He will be flown to Kolkata possibly by Wednesday where he will be lodged in Presidency Jail.
Justice Karnan has been missing since May 10 after the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months in jail. Karnan’s arrest orders were issued after he sentenced Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and six other Supreme Court judges to five years in jail under the SC/ST Act.
A five-member team of senior police officers of West Bengal reached Chennai on May 10, Justice Karnan’s home city, to carry out the apex court’s judgment. The team, consisting DGP Raj Kanojia and officers Ranveer Kumar, C Sudhakar, Dipankar Bakshi and Sukumal Kanti Das, failed to locate Justice Karnan and also sought help from Chennai counterparts to track the judge.
However, the whereabouts of Justice Karnan remains a mystery when as he retired on June 12.
Supreme Court on June 7 refused to grant relief to him 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.
Justice Karnan is accused of writing disparaging letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Supreme Court Registrar about sitting and retired judges of the Supreme and High Courts.