The West Bengal CID on Tuesday informed that former Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan arrested from an undisclosed location of Coimbatore in connection with Supreme Court contempt case. The information was confirmed by Karnan's lawyer Peter Ramesh.
Karnan was evading arrest since May 9 after failing to get relief from the Supreme Court, which had refused to hear his plea seeking a stay on its order awarding him a six-month jail term for contempt of court.
Justice Karnan’s counsel had mentioned the matter before a vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta, which had refused to interfere with the order directing the West Bengal police to take him into custody.
Advocate Mathews J Nedumpara, representing Justice Karnan, had told the bench that the high court judge was entitled to know why he was convicted for contempt of court by a seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar.
Justice (Retd.) Karnan arrested by Police in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), confirms his lawyer Peter Ramesh pic.twitter.com/HLkXNgHszx— ANI (@ANI_news) June 20, 2017
“I am seeking only a stay. I had made a request to the CJI to take up the matter. Justice Karnan, like other litigants, is entitled to get at least an order from the court,” he had said.
The detailed verdict of the May 9 order had not been made available till date, he had submitted.