Justice C N Ramachandran Nair, on Friday declined to withdraw from hearing the petition filed by the state government seeking to review the judgement banning roadside meetings even as the court held held that the judgement was passed in public interest.
State chief secretary had filed an affidavit on Thursday in the high court making a plea to the chief justice that Justice Ramachandran should not be allowed to hear the review petition as he had openly made a comment justifying the ban at a public function.
However, Justice Ramachandran, continued to hear the petition when it came up before the division bench headed by him.
The bench asked the state how it can act against the interest of public by filing a review petition against the judgement banning meetings on public roads.
'You have declared us fools. How can you expect fools to correct themselves. Fools cannot be corrected'. The court also wanted to know who had taken decision to file the petition.
'Who is the person behind the mask?. Is this a cabinet decision or the matter was discussed in Assembly. This is a matter of public importance', the court held and wondered how the government was aggrieved by the judgement?
Director General of Prosecutions (DGP), K K Ravidranath, appearing for the government told the court that the judgement was 'illegal' and passed without giving state an opportunity to be heard.
The petition will be heard on monday.