Kolkata, Mar 17 : : Kolkata High Court judge CS Karnan on Friday refused to accept a a bailable warrant by the Supreme Court after police arrived his residence to execute the apex court order, reports said.
In an unprecedented event, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and six more judges had summoned Justice Karnan in connection with a contempt case in February after he accused several members of the judiciary of being corrupt.
The top court issued the bailable warrant directing him to appear before it on March 31.
The top courts order followed another unprecedented event as Justice Karnan called a court on the lawns of his home and ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the seven Supreme Court judges who had issued a contempt notice against him.
Bengal director general of police Surajit Kar Purakayastha, Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and another senior IPS officer went to the New Town residence of justice Karnan to serve the warrant.
I rejected the same after assigning valid reasons. This kind of demeaning acts from your lordships and further perpetrating the Atrocities Act is absolutely out of law to the utter embarrassment of a Dalit judge, justice Karan wrote in his response to the seven-member Supreme Court bench.
While talking to the media at his residence on Friday, Karnan said: By ordering this bailable warrant against me the Supreme Court has made itself a laughing stock before the whole world.
These seven judges dont know law. The Supreme Court did not apply mind. Thats why public confidence is decreasing day by day, he said.
When asked what he would do in the event of the Supreme Court taking stronger action, he said,I am seeking legal opinion.