Judiciary's needs will be fulfilled: Karunanidhi

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Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, June 24 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said all the requirements of the judiciary would be fulfilled by his Government.

Speaking at the 200th anniversary of the Thanjavur District Court, he recalled Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan's remarks that his Government had allotted more funds for the judicial department.

Set up in 1807 during the Chola regime, the Thanjavur court has seen 141 judges in its history.

''Of the 141 judges, one of them had given justice to me,'' he said, recalling that the judge gave a verdict in his favour when a petition was filed in 1962 contending that his election to the State Assembly from Thanjavur was invalid.

Mr Karunanidhi thanked the CJI for his recent verdict in favour of 27 per cent OBC quota in Centrally-run higher educational institutions in the country.

''It is not a verdict for us, but a verdict for the poor and the oppressed classes,'' the Chief Minister said.

Mr Balakrishnan unveiled a stone plaque to mark the 200th anniversary of Thanjavur District Court.

Madras High Court Chief Justice A K Ganguly, Law Commission Chairman A R Lakshmanan, Union Minister of State for Law K Venkatapathy, Union Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimanickam and State Ministers participated in the function.

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