Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan was sentenced to six months in jail by the Supreme Court. Police from West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are looking for him.
The Kolkata Police team, which went to arrest Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan at his home in Chennai, has returned empty handed.
Justice Karnan was awarded six months jail on Tuesday by the Supreme Court after finding him guilty of contempt of court for claiming 20 judges were corrupt.
“We are of the unanimous view that Justice CS Karnan committed contempt of court, contempt of judiciary and the process”, constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice of India Khehar said. This is a first time in the history of Indian judiciary that a judge has been given a punishment.
Police said that Karnan has switched off his phone and has suspicion that apparently he has left the country.
According to reports, hours before the SC ruling, Justice Karnan had taken an early flight from Kolkata to Chennai and checked himself into a state guest house. Later he left the guest house on May 10, without clearing his bills, and was suppose to travel to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to visit a temple in Srikalahasti.
The top court on May 1 had directed a medical checkup of Justice Karnan by doctors with police support and meanwhile has also banned the media from publishing the contents of the further order passed by the judicature.