Justice Karnan, India’s first sitting High Court judge who has been sentenced for contempt seems to have left the country and plans to seek the President’s intervention to order his bail on medical grounds.
However, his lawyer, Mathew Nedumpara has said that Justice Karnan is in India.
Even as cops scrambled to locate him, Karnan moved to the Supreme Court through his lawyer today, challenging his six-month imprisonment.
“He reached Nepal from Andhra Pradesh. How he reached Nepal is not known yet,” a source said, adding that there was a good chance that he has gone to France where his son works.
The judge was last tracked to Andhra Pradesh, where he handed his phone over to a close aide. Tracking his phone, officially, also requires certain pre-requisite permissions due to which the probing officers have not taken that initiative yet.
A Kolkata team, headed by DGP (home guard) Raj Kanojia, is coordinating with a police team from Chennai and Andhra Pradesh. All highway police officials have been alerted as the officials reportedly got wind of the time that Karnan left Tamil Nadu.
In an unprecedented ruling, a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar held sitting Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan guilty of contempt of grievous nature and sentenced him six months of imprisonment on Tuesday.