AIADMK seeks Karunanindhi's prosecution

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New Delhi, Oct 4 (UNI) The AIADMK today petitioned the Supreme Court seeking prosecution of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Union Minister T R Baalu, state Chief Secretrary, State Transport Minister and the DGP, among others, for allegedly enforcing a bandh in the state on October 1 despite the court's directive to the contrary.

The AIADMK, headed by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in the petition alleged that normal life in the state was totally paralysed by the ruling DMK with the active and tacit collusive backing of the state machinery in violation of the apex court's order dated September 30 staying the Tamil Nadu bandh.

The petitioner has also referred to the disparaging statements made by Mr Karunanidhi and Mr Baalu against the presiding judge of the bench, Justice B N Agarwal, calling the attitude of the Supreme Court judges ''biased''.

Justice Agarwal had threatened to recommend to the Centre to impose President's rule in the state, saying the constitutional machinery there had broken down following the general strike.

According to the petitioner, the respondents are not only guilty of deliberately flouting the orders of the court but are also guilty of scandalising the reputation and dignity of the judiciary among the masses by making ''reckless and wild'' allegations against the judges dealing with the petitions seeking to declare Ram Sethu as a monument of national heritage to save it from being demolished to complete the Sethusamudram project.

The petition is likely to come up for a hearing next week.

UNI

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