Karunanidhi's burial at Marina Beach: DMK pursuing political agenda, says TN to HC

Aug 08,2018

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94.

Chennai: Following the death of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, five-time chief minister and a towering leader in the Tamil Nadu politics, on Tuesday, a controversy has erupted over his burial after the ruling AIADMK government turned down DMK’s request to allot space for Kalaignar’s burial near party founder C N Annadurai’s memorial at the iconic Marina Beach.

On Tuesday evening, the DMK moved the Madras High Court seeking burial of Karunanidhi's mortal remains at Chennai's Marina Beach. In a special late night hearing before the first bench, the counsel for DMK questioned the government's legal ground for not allotting space for burying Karunanidhi at the Marina beach.

Read: 3,500 sq ft for Jayalalithaa but AIADMK refusing 6 ft for Karunanidhi: DMK

Hearing the matter, Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh adjourned it to 8 am as the state government reportedly sought more time to file a reply in the case.

DMK patriarch Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday in Chennai after battling ill health for weeks. He was 94.

Here are the LIVE updates:

10:07 am: Rapid Action Force has been deployed outside Anna memorial at Marina beach in Chennai.

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10:03 am: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan paid last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

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09:42 am: Tamil Nadu government's lawyer said,"DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case."

"D K Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of Dravidian movement. Was he buried at Marina beach?" he asked.

09:28 am: During the hearing, DMK lawyer said, "There are 1 crore DMK followers in Tamil Nadu out of 7 crore population of the state. They'll be offended if burial land is not allotted for Karunanidhi at Marina beach."

09:24 am: DMK lawyer had also said, "You (state government) have announced state mourning, why not give land for burial? There's no prohibition under Central Government protocol to allot land at Marina beach for ex-chief ministers.

09:12 am: During the hearing, DMK's lawyer said, "Anna, who is the founder of DMK, used to say my life and soul is Karunanidhi. Burying Karunanidhi next to Gandhi Mandapam cannot be termed as a decent burial."

09:02 am: Tamil Nadu government said in its counter affidavit that DMK chief Karunanidhi himself didn't allot land for former CM Janaki Ramachandran after understanding the protocol manual when Karunanidhi was the chief minister.

09:00 am: Madras High Court recorded contents of the counter affidavit filed by the state government which told the court that DMK can't challenge press release by the government expressing inability to allot space at Marina Beach for Karunanidhi.

08:55 am: Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice recorded in his order, submissions made by DMK organising secretary R S Bharathi in his affidavit seeking burial land at Marina beach for DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.

08:43 am: VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan paid last respects to M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall. He said, "We demand that Bharat Ratna be conferred upon him. We also demand that his memorial be made near Anna Samadhi."

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08:37 am: Madras High Court dismissed petitions filed by Traffic Ramaswamy, K Balu and Duraisamy challenging the construction of memorials at Marina beach.

08:34 am: Deepa Jayakumar, niece of former Tamil Nadu chief minister late J Jayalalithaa, paid tributes to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

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08:28 am: Madras HC directed Traffic Ramaswamy’s lawyer to file memorandum that he has no objection to bury Karunanidhi’s body at Marina beach. Lawyer submitted the memorandum to the Acting Chief Justice.

08:25 am: Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy paid tributes to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

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08:19 am: Lawyer of petitioner Traffic Ramaswamy said, "We have no objection to the burial land for Karunanidhi'.

Acting Chief Justice said to the lawyer, 'Withdraw your case'.

08:10 am: Tamil Nadu government filed its counter affidavit in case of allowing burial of M Karunanidhi at Marina beach. Hearing in the matter is underway at Madras High Court.

07:50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Chennai to pay his last respects to M Karunanidhi.

07:48 am: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit paid last respects to former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

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07:35 am: Huge crowd gathered at Chennai's Rajaji Hall to pay last respects to DMK patriarch Karunanidhi. Crowd raised slogans of 'Long live Kalaignar' and 'Need Marina! Need Marina!'

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07:15 am: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam paid their last respects to Karunanidhi. Palanisamy said, "This is a great loss for Tamil Nadu. My deep condolences to his family members and DMK party workers."

06:45 am: Madras High Court to hear the case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Government at Marina beach for Karunanidhi at 8 am.

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06:30 am: Visuals from Chennai's Rajaji Hall where mortal remains of DMK supremo Karunanidhi are kept.

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06:27 am: Superstar Rajinikanth, Dhanush paid last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

06:09 am: Mortal remains of late DMK chief Karunanidhi wrapped in tricolour at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

05:50 am: TTV Dhinakaran arrives at Chennai's Rajaji Hall where mortal remains of former Karunanidhi are kept.

05:37 am: Ambulance carrying mortal remains of former Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi arrived at Rajaji Hall.

05:28 am: Karunanidhi's son MK Alagiri and DMK leader Andimuthu Raja arrive at Rajaji Hall in Chennai where mortal remains of the late DMK supremo were being brought.

05:01 am: Mortal remains of former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi being taken from Kanimozhi's residence in CIT Colony to Rajaji Hall.

04:56 am: Congress leader P Chidambaram paid last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai's CIT Colony.

04:38 am: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan said: When Anna (former Tamil Nadu CM Annadurai) was there to safeguard and promote general Kazhagam, there were two brothers- Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) and MGR, and to see all three of them at one place would have been good.

02:10 am: Police resorted to lathi-charge to control the crowd gathered outside Kanimozhi's residence in CIT Colony where mortal remains of Karunanidhi are kept.


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