Justice Karnan Retires While Absconding

Justice Karnan of Calcutta High Court who has been in news for wrong reasons has retired from service on Monday while absconding thus denying himself the honours due to a retiring judge.

Kolkata: Is Justice CS Karnan of the Kolkata High Court going to be the first Indian judge to retire while at large?

Born on June 12, 1955 he is retiring from judicial services on Monday. The judge has reportedly been absconding since the Supreme Court ordered his arrest on May 9.

He went underground since then forcing the West Bengal police to arrive at Chennai where the judge was reported to have interacted with journalists on May 9. The police had also been to Srikalahasti , a pilgrim place in Andhra Pradesh, in search of Karnan.

In the wake of SC’s order, Karnan would miss formal retirement honours that a retiring HC judge will be generally be treated with.

Justice Karnan moved the National Commission for SCs and STs, complaining of harassment by his colleagues. In the developments that followed the Supreme Court ordered him to undergo psychiatric tests. He refused to submit himself to the doctors saying that there is nothing wrong with him and the judges of the apex court who order psychiatric test should in fact submit themselves to the examination by doctors.

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