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Former judge C S Karnan, who had been evading arrest since May when the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months' imprisonment on contempt of court charges, was reportedly holed up at a lakefront resort in Kochi.Advocate Mathews J Nedumpara, who is representing the former judge in the case pending before the Supreme Court, confirmed his stay in Kerala. "I'm told now that he had been in Kochi and was staying at a resort near Kaithapuzha lake. Those who were with him wanted to go to Tamil Nadu and he was arrested near Namakkal," Mathews said on Tuesday .
Justice (retd) Karnan was allegedly staying at Lake Symphony Resort, a "low-key lakefront hotel with a pool" located on the banks of the longest lake in the country, Vembanad. A M Hari, manager of the resort, said three Tamil Nadu natives, an older man accompanied by two younger individuals, had arrived at the resort on the evening of June 11 and stayed at the resort for three days. The room was booked under the name of A M Raj from Chennai, who was part of the three-member group.
Police said eight people had been taken to three separate hospitals and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
A 48-year old van driver, who was detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police, has been taken to hospital and will be subject to a mental health assessment.