New Delhi, Oct 4 (UNI) Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president M N Krishnamani, in his letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) K G Balakrishnan, has requested him to set up a constitution bench comprising five seniormost judges to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Union Minister T R Baalu for making derogatory remarks on the judges and also for tarnishing the reputation of the apex court.
Mr Krishnamani, in his letter dated October 2, has also requested the Chief Justice to treat his letter as a petition for action against Mr Baalu, who is the in charge of the Sethsamudram Project.
Mr Baalu, in his statements, has attributed motives to Justice B N Agarwal for his remarks made during the hearing of the petition challenging the validity of the call given by the ruling DMK for a statewise bandh on October 1 demanding speedy completion of the project.
The Supreme Court has already issued directions to the Centre not to damage the Ram Sethu while carrying out dredging.
Mr Krishnamani, in his letter, has referred to newspaper reports in two national dailies dated October 2, 2007 in which Baalu had used a slang 'komban', a Tamil word meaning 'autocratic', for the Supreme Court judges.
He has also sent copies of the letter to Justices Agarwal and Ashok Bhan, the two seniormost judges after the CJI.