Karunanidhi burial at Marina beach: Madras High Court adjourns case till 8am today

WION Web Team
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Published: Aug 08, 2018, 12:51 AM(IST)

Mortal remains of DMK chief M Karunanidhi reaches his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai on Tuesday Photograph:( PTI )

Story highlights

AIADMK had earlier rejected DMK's demand to allow Karunanidhi to be buried at Marina beach.

Hearing by the Madras High Court in the case against denial of burial land to late Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi at Marina beach by the state government was adjourned late on Tuesday night as the state government sought more time to file a reply.

The case was adjourned till 8am on Wednesday.

In a late night development, a two-member bench at acting chief justice's residence in Chennai began hearing the case related to the final burial place for late Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi just hours after his death.

Also Read: Row over Karunanidhi burial: DMK moves High Court, acting chief justice to hear case

Doraisamy, advocate who had filed a petition against burial on Marina told reporters: "I withdraw all cases in this regard because Kalaignar Karunanidhi is important for us. So now, there are no legal hurdles for the government."

The AIADMK government had earlier rejected DMK's demand to allow Karunanidhi to be buried at Marina beach. The state government had said it was unable to allot space at Marina beach due to several pending cases in the Madras High Court and "legal complications".

However, the DMK wasn't satisfied with the state government's explanation and appealed to the High Court. Senior counsel for DMK P Wilson and Saravanan went to acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Huluvadi G Ramesh's residence and sought permission to move an urgent motion.

Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, besides actor Rajinikanth backed the DMK's demand and urged the government to allot the leader a space on the famed sands.

The acting chief justice directed them to serve notice on the advocate general, saying he would hear the case at 10.30 pm at his residence. DMK working president M K Stalin had written to chief minister K Palaniswami seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of Karunanidhi's mentor C N Annadurai at the Marina.

The development took place even as  Karunanidhi's body was being moved to his family residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai.

Read in App