KOLKATA: Retired justice C S Karnan has told the state housing department and the registrar general of the Calcutta high court he could not be evicted from his flat at Rosedale Complex in New Town, Kolkata till his order against eight Supreme Court judges were not executed. He said he wanted to continue to live at the Rosedale flat that served as his home and “make-shift court”.
The new development over the Rosedale Complex started when the housing department wrote to the judicial department secretary last month, mentioning that the retired judge had to vacate the government-maintained flat, which had to be given out to others. A few days later, the registrar general of the Calcutta HC sent a letter to Karnan.
When contacted, justice Karnan said, “I have sent a reply to the housing department and the registrar general of the Calcutta HC. I have also sent copies to the International Court of Justice, Netherlands and the United Nations Security Council.” In the letter on August 15, the retired judge said he was aware that the chief engineer of the housing department sent an eviction notice.
“The reason assigned by the engineer-in-chief is the Rosedale Development Pvt Ltd wants to sell the said property occupied by me,” he wrote. Explaining his inability to vacate the flat, justice Karnan said before retirement, he was prevented from attending court assignments from February 8, 2017.
“Now, the tenanted property serves as my residence and make-shift court. My occupation at the said site is of paramount importance as valid order is pending for execution wherein the law will surely catch up with the misdemeanors,” he said.