Madras HC defers hearing on DMK petition for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Bea…

The Madras high court on Wednesday resumed hearing on a DMK petition to allow party leader M Karunanidhi to be buried at Chennai’s Marina Beach with the state government saying it was a policy issue and court cannot be intervening into policy decisions.

The DMK had filed an urgent petition before a two-judge bench comprising acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice SS Sundar asking for a burial place on the Marina beach, where founder party CN Annadurai and AIADMK leaders MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa are buried.

The high court met at Ramesh’s official residence at 10.30pm and heard arguments by Tamil Nadu’s lawyer C S Vaidyanathan and DMK lawyer P Wilson.

The court directed the state government and the Chennai Corporation to file their replies and adjourned the case to Wednesday morning 8 am.

The state government had declined DMK’s request by citing rules of the Coastal Regulation Zone Act, saying two acres land would be allotted for Karunanidhi’s burial near Gandhi Mandapam on Sardar Patel Road.

Updated: August 8, 2018 — 9:23 am