The Supreme Court on Friday took a stern view of Calcutta high court judge C S Karnan for defying its direction to present himself in court and, in an unprecedented decision, issued a bailable warrant against the serving judge.

Karnan's presence is required in the SC as he is facing contempt proceedings for levelling allegations against the SC and his former colleagues in the Madras high court.

The court rejected a request from Karnan to meet the Chief Justice and senior judges of the SC, noting that it could not be treated as a response to the notice issued to him. It also saw reports that the judge was passing orders from his house as a "prank".

The court said it was left with no option but to issue a warrant against him to secure his presence in the court on the next date of hearing on March 31.

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