CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Thursday censured AIADMK leader and former chief minister O Panneerselvam for ‘scandalising and undermining the court’ by trying to change the judge hearing his plea against amendments made to the bylaws of AIADMK.
Terming the attempt made by Panneerselvam’s counsel to change the judge as ‘cheap practice’, Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy said, “if you were really aggrieved by the observations made by this court you should have explored the legal remedy through an appeal and get the order set aside. Or you should have come to me to remove such portions of the order.”
The issue pertains to a memo moved by Panneerselvam and another petitioner before Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari to transfer hearing of their suits to another judge.
They alleged that Justice Krishanan Ramaswamy had made several observations against Panneerselvam in his ealier interim order permitting the July 11 general council meeting of the party and hence they wanted the suit to be heard by another judge.
When the suits came up for hearing on Thursday, counsel for Panneerselvam requested the court to adjourn the hearing in view of the representation made to the chief justice. To this, the judge said such a request would open floodgates for other litigants and lawyers to line up with similar pleas.
In the interim order passed at 9am on July 11, Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy observed that it was very unfortunate that a leader, in the capacity of the coordinator, had time and again rushed to this court, seeking interference, instead of approaching the general council and convince one and all by introducing his ideas and plans towards the welfare of the party members and development of the party so as to gain the confidence of the members to act in his favour.