Calcutta high court’s justice CS Karnan on Monday became the first judge to retire while he is in the wanted list by the police. Incidentally, his unceremonious exit coincides with his 62nd birthday.
Calcutta high court, in another first, did not host the customary farewell dinner for the retiring judge, who is also facing a six-month jail sentence. Justice Karnan has been absconding since May 9 after a seven-judge Supreme Court bench passed an unprecedented arrest order against him.
The order was issued after his embarrassing spat with senior judges of the top court in the course of which he even ordered the arrest of the Chief Justice of India.
While issuing the arrest warrant against him, the Supreme Court also ordered the media to refrain from reporting Karnan’s statements.Karnan has alleged that he is being targeted as he belonged to a dalit community.
His last official working day would have been Friday because his retirement came into effect on Sunday.