Former High Court Judge CS Karnan has told the Madras High Court that he has been suffering from severe depression post-retirement while seeking bail in a case related to abusive videos that Karnan had uploaded online.
Mr Karnan has been in police custody ever since the Chennai police arrested him on 2nd December.
In his bail application, Mr Karnan stated that he has been suffering from severe depression for quite a while. His mental condition deteriorated further after he underwent treatment for Covid 19, which led him to act improperly.
Karnan also stated that he had not uploaded any improper or objectionable video ever since he gave the police an undertaking on 26.11.2020. He also mentioned that as he has serious health issues and suffers from depression, he cannot cope with the situation. Karnan assured the Court that if he is granted bail, he will cooperate with the police and abide by the Court’s conditions.
In the instant case, the FIR was registered when Advocate Devika filed a complaint against Karnan over his videos. He threatened sexual violence against female relatives Supreme and High Court judges. The police registered a case u/s 228,294B,506,509 of IPC, Section 67A of IT Act against Karnan.
After the FIR registration, the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu approached the Madras High Court and demanded action against Karnan.
On 10th November, Madras High Court blocked the link of objectionable videos uploaded by Karnan and remarked that it is unfortunate that Karnan has been making obscene and scandalous remarks against family members of Judges of Supreme Court and High Court despite warnings.
The High Court also directed the Director-General of Police and Chennai Police Commissioner to investigate the case and subsequently the police arrested Karnan in December.