The judge hearing the petition of AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam decided to walk out of the case.

Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy declined to hear the matter today. (file)

Chennai:

The judge, hearing a plea against the party’s July 11 general council meeting of ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader O Panneerselvam, on Friday recused himself from the case, days after his earlier plea for change of judge. have done.

Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy of the Madras High Court, who on August 4 reprimanded O Panneerselvam and his lawyers for approaching the Chief Justice with a plea to transfer the civil case to another judge, today dropped the matter for hearing. Gave.

There was some drama in the congested court hall of Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy in the afternoon when the matter came up for further hearing.

Lawyers representing O Panneerselvam tendered an unconditional apology for filing the petition for transfer of the case to another judge.

The judge replied, “I myself could have abstained from hearing the case, if you had informed me before going to the Chief Justice.”

He then directed them to file a memorandum in this regard and receive their earlier petition seeking transfer of the matter, officially returned and the matter passed.

Later, the lawyers gathered in the court hall of Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy and told him that the formalities to withdraw the petition had been completed.

At this stage, the judge announced that he was recusing himself from further hearing on O Panneerselvam’s civil case.

He directed the Registry to take follow-up action to place the matter before the Chief Justice and said that the latter would decide who should hear the matter.

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