Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Monday said that action is necessary against Calcutta High Court Judge Justice C S Karnan, who has refused to present himself before the SC in a contempt case, as "you can't destroy the fundamentals of the institution".
Rohatgi, who was asked by the Supreme Court to assist it in the matter, told a TV news channel here, "I am greatly saddened by what is happening. A sitting judge of a High Court, who is supposed to be a matured individual, is acting in a reckless manner making scurrilous allegations against brother judges of the High Court, against sitting judges of the Supreme Court."
The Supreme Court had issued bailable warrants against Karnan to secure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case. Rohatgi said the judiciary has to solve the controversy and the government has nothing to do with it. "The government has nothing to do with this. It is a matter really internally of the judiciary.
"The judiciary has to solve it and obviously the message must go out loud and clear that if it happens, these kind of things happen within the judiciary, the judiciary must come out openly and ensure that it will act in the same manner or maybe a little stricter, if it happens amongst you," he said.