How Former Judge CS Karnan Evaded Arrest for 6 Weeks

How Former Judge CS Karnan Evaded Arrest for 6 Weeks

NEW DELHI: Former Court Judge CS Karnan will soon land in Calcutta and will be taken directly to the prison of the city’s presidency.

His request for a six-month prison sentence for contempt was rejected this morning by the Supreme Court.

Justice (retired) Karnan was arrested at a Malumichampatti Coimbatore station in Tamil Nadu Tuesday night.

He has eluded detention since May 9, when he was convicted, and West Bengal police said he was hiding in the private station in recent days.

Police tracked for completing phone calls and three police teams from Kolkata were camping in Coimbatore, about 55 km from Chennai, the state capital.

When they arrived at the station, the 62-year-old former judge, who retired earlier this month, tried to resist arrest.

“We resisted our agents and there was also a discussion. Despite this, we have stopped,” a police official said.

West Bengal police were aided by their Tamil Nadu counterparts, who provided crucial technical support to help arrest the former judge.

On May 9, a court of seven Supreme Court justices led by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India JS Khehar had asked the Director General of the West Bengal Police to warn the (retired) judge Karnan; I was then on a road to war in the Supreme Court for several months.

He had flown to Chennai hours before the Supreme Court order, and held a defiant press conference there. But when the policemen arrived in Chennai from Calcutta, the judge had left the city at Srikalahasti in Andhra Pradesh.

He escaped from detention by using fake names to hide on switching stations and cell phone numbers to avoid being tracked.

Justice (retired) Karnan was transferred last year from Chennai to Calcutta and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and President Pranab Mukherjee accusing high-level judges of corruption.

The Supreme Court ordered him to appear in person. He did it once, but it never reappeared. He “had his court” in Calcutta, passing orders against the justices of the Supreme Court also ordered his arrest.

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