Former High Court Judge, Justice C. S. Karnan allegedly make defamatory and offensive remarks against Supreme Court and High Court judges and their wives and posted them on YouTube. He was arrested by the Chennai Police. The Madras High Court had recently come down heavily on the police for not taking action against the former judge. Justice Karnan became the first sitting High Court Judge to be sentenced to jail for 6 months for contempt of court when he was a judge of the Calcutta High Court in 2017.
He evaded arrest for weeks and was ultimately tracked down through his mobile phone. He was appointed as a Judge of the Madras High Court in 2009 and was transferred to the Calcutta High Court in 2016. He had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then President Pranab Mukherjee accusing senior judges of corruption.