Kerala judge takes own life after High Court suspension

A judge of Kerala’s subordinate judiciary reportedly committed suicide today, after he was placed on suspension by the Kerala High Court.

Judicial Magistrate (First Class) at Kasargod District Court VK Unnikrishnan was found dead in his home three days after having a run-in with the law in Karnataka.

On Sunday, he had travelled to Sullia in the neighbouring state, without obtaining the requisite permission to leave his home state from the High Court. Instead, he had taken permission from the Chief Judicial Magistrate to visit his hometown in Thrissur.

To make matters worse, while in Karnataka, he allegedly abused and assaulted the driver of an auto-rickshaw as well as local police while in an inebriated state.

According to The News Minute, he was booked on charges of criminal intimidation, causing voluntary hurt and breach of peace, wrongful restraint, and preventing a public servant from performing his duty.

Following the incident, the Mangalore district police wrote to the Registrar of the Kerala High Court as well as the Principal Judge of the Kasargod District Court, S Manohar Kini seeking guidance regarding the course of action. Subsequently, Kini submitted the report to the High Court this Monday, and Unnikrishnan was eventually put on suspension.