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Karunanidhi to be laid to rest at Marina rules Madras HC

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Chennai, Aug 8: The Madras High Court has allowed the body of M Karunanidhi to be buried at the Marina Beach. After hearing arguments at length the court said that there is no impediment on burying the body at the Marina.

Karunanidhi will be buried at Marina rules Madras HC, govt directed to allot land

The court also directed that the government allot land forthwith at Marina. The order was passed while allowing a petition filed by the DMK which challenged the government's order of not allowing the burial at Marina.

With this order Karunanidhi would be laid to rest at the Marina where other leaders such as C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa were buried.

To find out how the arguments unfolded in the court, check our updates below:

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12:09 PM, 8 Aug
The Madras HC has only released an operative portion of the order in which it directed the TN government to allot space at Marina for the burial of Karunanidhi. The court said that the detailed order would follow later.
11:56 AM, 8 Aug
The TN government may move the Supreme Court against the order of the Madras HC which permitted the burial of M Karunanidhi at Marina. The government counsel is currently waiting for a certified copy of the order.
10:59 AM, 8 Aug
There is no impediment to bury Karunanidhi’s body in Marina says HC. The government is hereby directed to allow land forthwith, the court also orders.
10:49 AM, 8 Aug
The Madras High Court has said that Karunanidhi’s body will be buried at Marina. Petition by DMK allowed.
10:47 AM, 8 Aug
The verdict will be out anytime soon. The court is dictating orders on whether Karunanidhi’s body will be buried at Marina or not. If the order is not favourable to the TN government, it may approach the Supreme Court.
10:27 AM, 8 Aug
Arguments conclude, court is now dictating the order
10:25 AM, 8 Aug
DMK counsel Wilson says that Vaidyanathan has not argued legally. He argued with a vengeance. We are testing the decision of the government, this is not a writ of mandamus, Wilson also stated.
10:20 AM, 8 Aug
Why has a family member not approached the court, the HC asks the DMK counsel.
10:19 AM, 8 Aug
The application of mind has to be tested on the basis of circumstances that prevailed on the day when the decision was taken by the government. Defending the government’s actions, Vaidyanathan says it was a fair call.
10:14 AM, 8 Aug
The state has the highest respect for Karunanidhi, but the DMK petitioner is not espousing a bonafide cause and there is no ground made out to entertain the petition, the TN says in its concluding arguments.
10:14 AM, 8 Aug
We cannot dispose off a writ petition so urgently like this says TN government. Madras HC asks sarcastically, ‘ shall we adjourn it by a week?”
10:09 AM, 8 Aug
A sentiment cannot compel a court to issue a write of mandamus or direction says TN government. There has to be a right and corresponding duty to seek a writ of mandamus, the government further states.
10:04 AM, 8 Aug
A press release is not a government order, it cannot be challenged, says Vaidyanathan who is advancing arguments in favour of the TN government.
10:04 AM, 8 Aug
The government has passed a detailed order with all the reasons to deny a place at Marina for Karunanidhi. That has not been challenged by the DMK, the TN government contends.
10:01 AM, 8 Aug
Former CMs are not included in central government protocol. Nobody will is going to question you if your allow Karunanidhi’s body to be buried at Marina says HC.
10:01 AM, 8 Aug
Karunanidhi himself had followed this protocol. By going against it, it would actually amount to dishonouring him says TN govt.
10:01 AM, 8 Aug
Why did you not mention the protocol regarding the former Cs in the press release issued yesterday, asks court.
9:55 AM, 8 Aug
The petitioner R S Bharathi has not raised any ground with regard to discrimination. All that is mentioned in the petition is the violation of Article 14. Moreover the protocol with regard to funeral rites of high dignitaries has always been treated incumbent office holders and former office holders differently, TN government tells court.
9:51 AM, 8 Aug
How does denying space at Marina become violative of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. Is there an averment in it regarding the Dravidian movement, asks C S Vaidyanathan who is arguing for the TN Government.
9:47 AM, 8 Aug
TN government says that the CM had asked for the precedents and then taken a decision. The government also said that even the right to a decent burial is not mentioned in the writ petition filed by the DMK.
9:44 AM, 8 Aug
If it is a valid classification, then why was it not mentioned in your press release, Bench asks TN government.
9:42 AM, 8 Aug
TN government argues that classification between a former and sitting CM is valid.
9:37 AM, 8 Aug
TN government cites Periyar, says he was the tallest leader of the Dravidian movement. Was he buried at the Marina, asks TN government counsel, Vaidyanathan.
9:33 AM, 8 Aug
Some commotion breaks out in the court after the counsel for the TN government uses the word stage-managed. The DMK objects to the use of the word, as the judges try to pacify the lawyers.
9:31 AM, 8 Aug
This is nothing but a political agenda being pursued by the DMK, TN government. The withdrawal of cases is stage managed and it is unfortunate, the government also says.
9:31 AM, 8 Aug
The TN government has begun submissions. Senior counsel Vaidyanathan is representing the TN government.
9:29 AM, 8 Aug
Arguing for the DMK, senior counsel Veera Kathiravan says that in its counter, the TN government has not disputed that Anna memorial is a notified burial ground.
9:28 AM, 8 Aug
The DMK finds loopholes in the Central Government protocol relied upon by the TN government. It says that the protocol has nothing to do with the burial ground. Karunanidhi should be buried along with his mentor (Anna). Only then will be termed as a decent burial.
9:26 AM, 8 Aug
There is no law that says only sitting CMs are eligible to be buried at Marina says DMK counsel. Out of the 7 crore population of Tamil Nadu, 1 crore are DMK followers and if land is not allowed at Marina, they will offended.
9:20 AM, 8 Aug
The court says it wants to see the order which granted permission to bury Jayalalithaa at Marina.
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