Justice CS Karnan, who has been untraceable since the Supreme Court had given him a six-month jail term, retired on Monday. He became the first High Court judge to have retired while still absconding.Born on June 12, 1955, the judge is facing arrest and has been absconding since May 9 when a seven judge bench of the Supreme Court passed an unprecedented arrest order against a constitutional court judge.Though he arrived in Chennai early on May 9 and was seen chatting with his visitors and journalists at the state guest house till a couple of hours after the apex court’s arrest order, he went underground soon after, without the knowledge of his personal security and protocol officials.
The seven-judge SC Bench sentenced him to six months in jail for Contempt of Court
On visiting Karnan’s official residence, West Bengal police did not find him home and had reportedly left for Chennai.
Bengal police sought Tamil Nadu Police help but cannot trace the whereabouts of Justice CS Karnan.
The absconding judge is still at large with an active arrest warrant against him.
Taking his case into consideration, the apex court had set June 12 as the last day of his service as a High Court judge.
Importantly, the court decided to not give Karnan any official farewell or chance to address his colleagues in the court one last time.
Earlier on May 18, Justice Karnan also filed a mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee seeking stay of the order under Article 72 1B of the Constitution.