Kerala seeks new judge for hearing on roadside meetings

July 22nd, 2010 - 10:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, July 22 (IANS) The Kerala government Thursday filed a petition in the high court seeking the replacement of Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, who is on the bench hearing its review petition against the holding of public meetings by the roadside.
The government, in its petition, said that a division bench of the Kerala High Court on June 23 prohibited holding of public meetings by the roadside.

The bench, comprising Justice Nair and Justice P.S. Gopinathan, had directed the police, civic bodies, local self-government and revenue departments to refuse permission for holding such meetings.

In the petition filed Thursday, the government said Nair should not hear the review petition filed by it on Monday because he had defended his judgment outside the court. The review petition is to be heard Friday.

In its verdict last month, the court said it issued the order to ensure free flow of traffic on public roads and also for the safety of the public.

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