Justice CS Karnan of Calcutta High Court will on Monday become the first judge to retire while absconding.

A seven-judge bench of the apex court found Justice Karnan guilty of contempt for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court judges, including the Chief Justice and seven others. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

However, before the West Bengal police could make the arrest, he fled to Chennai and was last seen on 9 May. A team of West Bengal police has been stationed in Chennai since 10 May.

Justice Karnan, who turned 62 on Monday will miss the formal farewell in August where he was supposed to give a farewell speech.

The controversial judge was appointed the Madras High Court judge in 2009 and was transferred to West Bengal in 2016.