June 14, 2017
In a first, High Court judge CS Karnan became the only judge to retire while absconding. He has been evading the police since May 9 after the Supreme Court sanctioned an arrest warrant against him, sentencing him to a six-month jail term. The Supreme Court had held Karnan in contempt of court following a series of defiant counter-orders he had repeatedly issued against the apex court.
Justice Karnan was originally slated to retire on June 11. Since he has been absconding, he has missed the formal farewell which is usually given to every retiring high court judge.
The end of his career as a HC judge comes even as Karnan has had a chequered history of fights with fellow judges of Madras High Court where he was initially posted.
Karnan, a Dalit, has been in the crosshairs of the Supreme Court judges for some time now for going against the edicts of the apex court.