In an unusual move, Kerala Chief Secretary P Prabhakaran on Thursday moved the high court, seeking to restrain Justice CN Ramachandran Nair from hearing a petition to review the judgement prohibiting roadside meetings.
A division bench of justices Ramachandran Nair and PS Gopinathan had a fortnight back prohibited conduct of the meetings, stating that they cause inconvenience to the public.
The government had filed a review petition last week, stating that the decision was a violation of natural justice as sufficient opportunity had not been provided to the government to submit their views.
Justice Ramachandran defended his judgement at a public function here last week, which apparently led to the government taking this step.
The state government sought a direction to place the matter before Chief Justice J Chalameswar and to post the case before a bench in which justice Ramachandran was not a member.
In the affidavit, the government said Justice Ramachandran's speech had "violated the value norms of judiciary by the Supreme Court in 1997".
In 1997, the Apex Court had issued 16 point directions to reinstate the value of judiciary, wherein it was stipulated that judges shall not enter into public debate or express views in public.
The petition is likely to come up before the court tomorrow.