Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan on Friday termed the Supreme Court-issued bailable warrant against him as an "attempt to ruin" his life. He then ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe all the seven judges of the apex court, and directed filing of a case under the SC and ST Act.
"It is unconstitutional," Justice Karnan told the media in Kolkata, hours after a seven-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar asked the West Bengal police chief to serve the warrant to him, and sought his presence before it on 31 March.
It is for the first time in the Supreme Court’s history that it invoked powers to initiate contempt proceedings against a sitting judge of a High Court.
But Justice Karnan said contempt proceedings cannot be initiated against a sitting High Court judge.
"I direct the CBI director to register, investigate and file a report," said Karnan, adding that he was invoking his inherent powers under the High Court to "prevent abuse of process of any court and secure ends of justice".
He alleged that he was being targeted after he made representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about some judges who had committed "illegal activities". Justice Karnan, in January, had named 20 "corrupt judges", seeking probe against them to curb "high corruption" in the Indian judiciary. The letter invited contempt proceedings against him.
(With IANS inputs)