Kolkata: A day after the Rajya Sabha voted for his impeachment, Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court on Friday said he would move the Supreme Court if the Lok Sabha also decided on his ouster and ruled out his resignation.

"I will defend myself in the Lok Sabha, but if the motion is adopted there also, I will move the Supreme Court," said Sen.

Asked whether he would consider resigning, Sen said, "There is no question of resigning because I have not committed any wrong as alleged. This has also been held by a division bench of Calcutta High Court upon proper appreciation of facts and law."

"I was granted only one and half hours in which I could not place before the House most of the facts," Sen said.

The judge said that he could not show documents to prove his innocence as there were thousands of pages which needed threadbare analysis.

"The motion was discussed in my absence and I did not get a chance of rebuttal," Sen, who presented his case before the House on Wednesday, said.

The Rajya Sabha approved the impeachment motion against Justice Sen with 189 members of the 206 present in the 245-member House voting in favour, recording well over two-third majority required for such a move.

The impeachment saw members of all parties, except BSP, holding Sen guilty of misappropriating Rs 33.23 lakh in a 1983 case.

Sen's impeachment moves a step forward

The process to remove Calcutta High Court judge Justice Soumitra Sen on Friday moved a step forward with the Lok Sabha being informed about the passage of a motion in the Rajya Sabha to impeach him.

Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Viswanathan read out the message from the Upper House for presenting to the President the motion for removal of Justice Sen from office.

The motion is expected to be taken by the Lok Sabha on August 24 and 25.

Creating history, Rajya Sabha on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the motion against Justice Sen, who could become the country's first judge to be removed for misconduct.

After a seven-hour impeachment process marked by a brainstorming debate, 189 members of the 206 present in the 245-member Upper House voted in favour, recording well over 2/3rd majority required for such a move.

The impeachment, first time in the Rajya Sabha and second in Parliament's history, saw members of all parties, except BSP, holding Sen guilty of misappropriating Rs 33.23 lakh in a 1983 case.

(Agencies)