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Justice Karnan to pen memoirs in jail

C S Karnan is the first sitting high court judge in the country to be given prison sentence.

kolkata Updated: Jun 27, 2017 14:55 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
C S Karnan,Supreme Court,Presidency Jail
Retired justice Karnan has plans to write his memoirs.(HT Photo)

Jailed retired judge C S Karnan has planned to write his memoir, his lawyer has told HT. The former judge of Calcutta high court has also revealed his plans to officials of Presidency jail where he was taken on June 21.

“Justice Karnan has told me that he plans to write a book, but the kind of books he would like to read to prepare would probably not be available in jail. He will have to procure them from his lawyer who can send them to him,” a jail source told HT.

Read: Justice Karnan appeals to Bengal governor for release on parole

“He told me about his plans to pen a book. He plans to write about the entire episode leading to his arrest and imprisonment,” Mathew J Nedumpara, Karnan’s counsel, told HT.

Presidency jail officials are taking care to ensure the inmates don’t get access to him in prison. ( HT Photo )

“Karnan is telling everyone he is meeting that he has got a lot of things to say and that writing memoirs is the best way,” said his counsel.

According to Presidency jail sources, the librarian in the compound met Karnan in the room of the jail super soon after the retired judge arrived on June 21. The librarian enquired what kind of books he would like to read. Karnan thanked the librarian but did not name any title.

Nedumpara met Karnan at SSKM Hospital on June 24. Incidentally, Karnan has already appealed to the Bengal governor for release on parole.

Read: Arrested former judge CS Karnan still in Kolkata hospital

“We are hopeful that the West Bengal governor will grant our appeal for release on parole. In that case, he will start writing soon after reaching home,” added Nedumpara.

Karnan is the most high-profile prisoner in Presidency jail. The officials are behaving cordially with him.

The 62-year-old spent the night of June 21 at the jail hospital and was shifted to SSKM hospital the next day after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. He is lodged at a cabin on the ground floor of the cardiology block since then.

Sources at the SSKM hospital told HT Karnan has been behaving well with health staff, and loves to interact with them. Personnel from Bhawanipore police station are guarding his cabin on the ground floor. Karnan is also chatting with them often.

“He has told us how the staff and officials at Presidency jail treated him with utmost respect,” said a policeman.

A seven-judge bench of the supreme court sentenced Karnan to six months’ imprisonment on May 9, the day from which he remained fugitive for more than a month, until his arrest from Coimbatore on June 20.

Karnan is the first sitting judge of a high court in the country to be given prison sentence.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 14:55 IST