Former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan walked out of jail on Wednesday after serving a six-month sentence for contempt of court.
Karnan was released from the Presidency Correctional Home premises at around 11.00 am. Karnan’s wife and son were there present when he was released.
Karnan was arrested from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on June 20 after he had evaded the police for over a month. The Supreme Court had sentenced him to six months in jail on May 9 for contempt of court, when he still a serving judge of the Calcutta High Court.
Thus, he became the first sitting high court judge to have been sentenced to jail.
A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, had asked the West Bengal director general of police (DGP) to take Karnan into custody.
who was on a warpath with the apex court for months, .
The Supreme Court had earlier issued a bailable warrant against the judge to secure his presence before it in connection with the contempt case.
Karnan had appeared before the apex court on March 31, a first in the country’s judicial history, and asked for restoration of his powers as a pre-condition for his re-appearance, but the plea was rejected.
Karnan, who had enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in 1983, was appointed a judge of the Madras High Court in 2009. He was transferred to the Calcutta High Court on March 11, 2016 for his repeated allegations against and run-ins with the then chief justice and fellow judges of the court.
(With inputs from agencies)