Calcutta High Court's former judge Justice CS Karnan, who was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Supreme Court for contempt but was untraceable, was arrested in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, officials said.

Karnan's counsel Peter Ramesh Kumar also confirmed the arrest. The former judge was being brought to Chennai.

The Supreme Court had sentenced CS Karnan, at that time a judge with the Calcutta High Court, to six months imprisonment by holding him guilty of contempt.

Justice Karnan had on 11 May moved the apex court seeking recall of the order holding him guilty of contempt of court and sentencing him to a six-month jail term.

The seven-judge bench of the apex court had on 9 May passed the order sentencing Karnan to jail by holding him guilty of contempt of court and sentencing him to six months imprisonment, a day after he defiantly ordered eight apex court judges to be put behind bars.