Karunanidhi mum on SC strictures

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Chennai, Oct 1 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today declined to comment on the Supreme Court order warning the ruling DMK of serious consequences if it failed to implement the court's ruling restraining it from going ahead with the statewide bandh call over the Sethusamudram issue.

When newspersons sought his reaction, while he was leaving the fasting venue, he said he did not wish to make any comment.

Earlier, inaugurating the Statewide fast, the DMK leader, pointing out that the Opposition AIADMK had approached the apex court this morning against the fast, said ''I wish to point out that the Supreme Court, in its yesterday's interim order, has not directed that the fast should not be observed.'' ''We may not be surprised if the apex court, by this evening, passes an order against the fast and in the event of such an order, we will abide by it,'' he added.

Mr Karunanidhi was clearly upset with the Supreme Court as he said ''there are so many cases pending against AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, but we can't expect justice to be done quickly. We are living in a very partisan environment today.'' After it was brought to its notice by the AIADMK that a bandh was being observed in the state, despite its order, a Supreme Court Bench of Justices B N Agarwal and P Sathasivam took serious note of the ''disobedience'' of its direction and warned that ''it amounted to nothing but contempt of court.'' The court said going ahead with the bandh call amounted to complete breakdown of constitutional machinery in Tamil Nadu and the UPA Government at the Centre should not shy away from imposing President's rule in the State.

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