Former Madras HC judge CS Karnan arrested for online video abusing sitting SC, HC judges

2nd Dec

Former Madras HC judge CS Karnan arrested for online video abusing sitting SC, HC judges

The Chennai Police on Wednesday arrested retired Justice C.S. Karnan, a former judge of the Madras and Calcutta High Courts, for threatening judicial officers and issuing rape threats to the wives of judges in an online video posted on social media.The move came a day after the Madras High Court had directed the state Director General of Police and the Chennai Police Commissioner to personally appear before it on December 7 to apprise the bench of the progress of the probe against Karnan.

Earlier, the Madras HC had asked the Commissioner of Police, Chennai to handle the investigation of the case against Karnan and directed the Director General of Police to supervise the same.The Tamil Nadu Police, in its counter affidavit, had told the Court that two rounds of interrogation have been conducted with the accused. Referring to this counter-affidavit, the Bar Council informed the Court that the former Judge had admitted to the the commission of the alleged offence during the course of interrogation and yet, further steps were not taken to arrest him.
The bench had earlier observed that it was “unfortunate” that a former high court judge forcibly tried to enter the residence of retired Supreme court judge R Banumathi in Chennai.