KOLKATA -- Calcutta High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan on Thursday asked Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and six other Supreme Court judges to appear before him at his residential court on 28 April.
Justice Karnan claimed that the seven judges of the bench, who have issued contempt notice to him have insulted him "wantonly and deliberately and with malafide intention".
"On 28.04.2017 at 11:30 am, the Hon'ble seven judges as mentioned above will appear before me at my Rosedale Residential Court and give their views regarding quantum of punishment for the violation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act," he told in the press briefing here.
In the suo motu judicial order, apart from Justice Khehar, Justice Karnan ordered six other judges including Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Manad B Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Kurian Joseph to appear before him at his New Town residence.
Earlier on 31 March, apex court Justice Karnan, who has levelled allegations of corruption and caste discrimination against senior judges of the Madras High Court and the apex court, to file his reply within four weeks.
Justice Karnan, who appeared before the apex court after a bailable warrant was issued against him, asked the top court to restore his judicial and administrative work before responding to the contempt notice.
"Please permit me to perform my judicial and administrative work," Justice Karnan told an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar.
However, the apex court bench refused to pay heed to his plea and said, "If you remain apologetic then the matter would be different."
Justice Karnan in his reply told the court that his statement should be recorded so that he does not have to appear during the next hearing.
After conclusion of the hearing, Justice Karnan told the media that he would pass on order against the seven judges of the bench to restrain their administrative power.
"I ordered the registrar general of the Supreme Court that he deduct 50,000 every month from the salary of these seven judges of the bench who defied to pay me the compensation of ₹14 crore which I have demanded through a letter dated 15/03/2017 for defamation," he said.
He alleged that these seven judges of the Supreme Court were operating on malafide intentions.
"The attitude and the behavior were against Indian norms and construction. This sort of behavior will not only be known to Indians but the international community," he said.
Earlier this month, the apex court had issued a bailable warrant against Justice Karnan to secure his presence in the court on 31 March.
This is for the first time in the history of Indian judiciary that a sitting High Court Judge is personally appearing before the apex court and defending himself in a case.
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