The Madras High Court on Wednesday refused virtual hearing of a bail plea moved by former HC judge CS Karnan, arrested in connection with his derogatory remarks against the judiciary, based on earlier virtual hearings being marred by too many people logging in.
Appearing for the former judge, senior counsel G Rajagopalan submitted that he is not in a good state of mind and is suffering from severe mental agony. To this, Justice Bharathidasan, noting that “we will see it during the physical hearing”, remarked: “You are only concerned with your state of agony. Have you considered the agony undergone by the affected persons?”
Responding to the same, the senior counsel submitted that Karnan is willing to give individual apologies for his conduct.
The former judge in his bail plea has submitted that he is suffering from various health conditions, including severe mental depression following the six-month imprisonment undergone by him on the Supreme Court’s orders for contempt of court and his brother’s death owing to COVID-19. “The petitioner submits that his undesirable acts of releasing videos against the members of the higher judiciary and members of the Bar, for which he regrets, is on account of an unstable and depressive mind,” the plea said.