Justice CS Karnan arrested from Coimbatore by Bengal police

Chennai: Former Justice CS Karnan has been arrested by West Bengal CID from Coimbatore today on charges of contempt of court. The former judge was being brought to Chennai.

The order came after Karnan "sentenced" Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and six other Supreme Court judges to five years imprisonment after he "found them guilty" under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, 1989, and the amended Act of 2015.

It is not only that Justice Karnan has retired on Monday - without being given a formal farewell by the Calcutta High Court - but any relook into his case has to go through a fresh process as one of the seven judges, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, has since retired.

Justice (retired) C S Karnan had been on the run since May after a special bench of the Supreme Court sentenced him to prison.

Karnan became the first sitting judge to face the Supreme Court wrath and earn an order directing him to undergo psychiatric analysis for mental stability.

According to his lawyers, the ground taken in the application to the president was that the judge will be unable to exercise any remedy if he was arrested.

Asked about clearance of Justice Karnan's retirement benefits, Majumdar said, "All formalities will be completed as per the law".

File image of CS Karnan.

He had sought recall of the apex court's order, contending he could not be held guilty of contempt of court.

The court also ordered the media to keep away from reporting anything on him.

"I am seeking only a stay".

Justice Karnan's counsel Mathews J. Nedumpara had repeatedly told the top court that the detailed order holding him guilty of contempt was never made available to him after May 9 - something he was entitled to like any other litigant. He was also the first High Court judge to retire while still absconding. He was transferred to the Calcutta High Court in 2016.

The high court judge had on 15 February, 2016 stayed his transfer order, which was suspended by the Supreme Court.

The apex court had earlier even asked the chief justice of the Madras high court not to assign him any judicial work.

Vanessa Coleman