A seven-judge bench sentenced the judge to six-month jail time finding him guilty of contempt of court. Calcutta High Court Judge Justice CS Karnan on Monday will become the first judge of a high court to retire while being untraceable.
The controversial judge, in May this year, became the first sitting High Court judge to be convicted in a contempt of court case by the Supreme Court and was awarded a six-month sentence. Karnan, who turned 62 on Monday, was appointed Madras High Court judge in the year 2009, and was later transferred to West Bengal in the year 2016 by the Supreme Court.
Despite a team of West Bengal police stationed in Chennai, the police has been unable to apprehend Justice Karnan yet, even with the help of Tamil Nadu police. Because of the Supreme Court’s order, Justice Karnan will not receive a formal farewell and will not get a chance to give his farewell speech at the court, becoming the first high court judge to miss out on his farewell.