All-night court battle to get a resting placefor Karunanidhi

All-night court battle to get a resting placefor Karunanidhi


After hearing an emergent petition filed late on Tuesday night by the DMK to get a place in the Anna Memorial to bury DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, a division bench of the Madras Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluwadi G Ramesh and Justice S S Sundar directed the Chennai Corporation and the State Government to file their affidavits on the issue by 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The DMK moved the court after the state government cited pendency of some cases before the bench to refuse permission. Chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said “ the place cannot be allocated as several litigations allowing burials on the Marina are pending before the high court”.

The DMK rejected Government’s offer to allocate two acres of land in Gandhi Mandapam to bury Karunanidhi. It filed an emergent petition in the house of Justice Ramesh

Dravidar Kazhagam lawyer M Durasamy who represented three of the petitioners who opposed turning Marina into a burial ground, reporters outside Justice Ramesh’s residence that their case was against the Government plan to raise a memorial for late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha in the same venue as she had been buried behind the MGR Samadhi which comes under Coastal Zone I regulation which prohibits having burial grounds and memorials. On the other hand, Karunanidhi was sought to be buried in the Anna Samadhi abutting the Cooum river which does not come under the coastal zone regulation at all.

In any case, as the Government was using pendency of the issue in court as a pretext to deny permission to the DMK, “We have withdrawn all cases filed against the proposed memorial for Jayalalitha on the Marina, he said

The bench is expected to pronounce the order on DMK’s petition by 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday as the burial is fixed for 4 p.m.