Unfazed by the unanimous condemnation in the Rajya Sabha of his remarks on Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, former Supreme Court judge justice Markandey Katju on Wednesday said "mere censure" was not enough and that he should be punished — "hanged without trial".
"O wonderful news! The Rajya Sabha (the upper House of the Indian Parliament) has passed a resolution condemning me! But of course that is not enough. I must also be punished for what I said about that fake who is called the Father of the Indian Nation, and that agent of the Japanese fascists. A mere censure is no punishment.
"So some of them wanted to strip me of the perks and facilities I have as a retired Supreme Court judge. But then again that will require amendment of the rules, because after all I am indeed a retired Supreme Court Judge.
"May I make a humble suggestion to the Hon'ble Members of the House (because evidently they have run out of ideas). Just pass a resolution that immediately on my return to India I will be arrested and hanged, drawn and quartered.without any trial. Na rahe baans na baje baansuri!" he wrote in his blog.
Earlier on Wednesday, cutting across the political divide, Rajya Sabha members condemned Katju's remarks calling Mahatma Gandhi a British "agent" and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose a Japanese one by unanimously adopting a resolution moved by chairman Hamid Ansari.
"This House expresses its unequivocal condemnation of the recent remarks of the former judge of the Supreme Court, Shri Justice Markandey Katju, against the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who led the Indian National Army for the freedom of the country," said the resolution read out by Ansari.
The Zero Hour saw members from Opposition and treasury benches coming together to condemn justice Katju's remarks in his blog with the entire House later unanimously adopting a resolution by a voice vote.
In a fresh blog post, Katju also referred to extracts from Pandit Nehru's autobiography to claim it revealed a "feudal mindset" of Gandhiji and asked whether he deserved to be called the Father of the Nation.