Chennai, Aug 8: The two-judge bench of acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court Hulavadi G. Ramesh and Justice SS Sundaram has adjourned till 8 AM today the hearing in the DMK plea against the state government’s refusal to allow burial of deceased party leader M Karunanidhi at Marina Beach. The court did so after the government sought more time to file a reply, said ANI. A host of leaders from across the political spectrum have supported the DMK request and urged the state government to allot burial space to the deceased DMK leader. (Also read: Schools, Colleges Shut Over Karunanidhi’s Death) Also Read - Top Headlines From Tamil Nadu: COVID Cluster in Chennai Hotel; DMK Promises Education Loan Waiver; more
Meanwhile, in what could be a shot in the arm for the DMK, four of the five petitions filed against burial at Marina beach were withdrawn on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. “I withdraw all cases in this regard because Kalaignar Karunanidhi is important for us. So now, there are no legal hurdles for the government,” said advocate Doraisamy. It was his petition, along with a clutch of others, including that of PMK advocate R Balu’s, that was cited by the state government as “legal issues” while denying a burial spot to DMK patriarch Karunanidhi who passed away on Tuesday evening. Also Read - Chennai’s Marina Beach Opens After 8-Month Long Hiatus Post COVID-19 Hit
According to The Indian Express, Doraiswamy said that the burial spot sought by the DMK for Karunanidhi was behind Anna Samadhi and did not fall under the coastal regulation zone (CRZ). However, without considering it, the Chief Secretary rejected the demand. His petition had come against the alleged CRZ violations during Jayalalithaa’s burial at Marina, he was quoted by Bar and Bench as saying.
Earlier, ANI reported that after the Tamil Nadu government denied burial space for M. Karunanidhi near the Anna Memorial at Marina beach, violence broke outside Kauvery Hospital. DMK supporters ransacked police barricades outside the hospital and the Chennai police resorted to lathi-charge. Many cadres outside Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence also chanted,”We want Marina!”