SC to hear on Nov 11 plea against enforced bandh in Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) The Supreme Court today fixed November 11 for hearing of a petition seeking punishment for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu, State Chief Secretary and three others for violating the apex court orders against holding a Tamil Nadu bandh on October 1 last year.

The petition was filed by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa against the violation of the apex order, dated September 30, 2007, which had directed the leaders not to enforce the bandh called on the Sethusamudram Project issue.

A bench headed by Justice B N Agarwal adjourned the hearing due to paucity of time.

Ms Jayalalithaa had alleged that the contemnors, who also include State Chief Secretary L K Tripathy, State Police, DGP, Transport Minister and Transport Secretary of Tamil Nadu had deliberately and wilfully disobeyed the orders of this court by enforcing the bandh causing a lot of hardships for the people of the state by disrupting normal life.

The contemnors have, however, denied the allegations of defying the court's order.

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