HC allows burial place for Karunanidhi on Marina Beach

HC allows burial place for Karunanidhi on Marina Beach

The Madras High Court asked the government to allot land

DMK supporters react after the party president M Karunanidhi passed away, in Chennai on Tuesday (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

On Wednesday morning, even hours after his soul left his body, Karunanidhi won a legal battle for his rightful resting place at the historic Marina Beach.

Karunanidhi fought several political battles in his nearly seven-decade political career and won many and lost a few.
Hearing a petition filed by DMK seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Government for allotting land near C N Annadurai’s memorial for burying Karunanidhi, the bench headed by acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court Huluvadi G Ramesh asked the government to provide a place for “decent burial” to lay the mortal remains of Karunanidhi on the Marina Beach.
The DMK knocked at the doors of the Madras High Court after the AIADMK Government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami refused to allot land inside the memorial of Karunanidhi’s mentor C N Annadurai for the DMK chief’s burial.
DMK contends that Karunanidhi deserves land near Annadurai’s memorial since he had served the state for more than five decades and had expressed his desire to be buried near the resting place of his mentor.
As the news of the high court allowing Karunanidhi to be buried at Marina Beach was announced at the Rajaji Hall, where Karunanidhi lay in state, his son and DMK Working President M K Stalin broke down and thanked people gathered at the campus for their wishes.
“The government wanted to ensure there is chaos, but the court has delivered the verdict in favour of us. Let us all remain calm and ensure that our Thalaivar is given a peaceful burial,” Stalin told the crowd at Rajaji Hall.
At the court, the Tamil Nadu Government put up a spirited defence saying only serving chief ministers were allotted land on Marina Beach and those who were not in power were buried or cremated elsewhere. However, the DMK lawyers said not burying Karunanidhi on the Marina Beach would amount to not giving him a “decent burial” and insulting lakhs of cadre.
 Cries of Vendum, Vendum, Marina Vendum (We need Marina) rented the air in most places in Chennai as DMK cadres took to street demanding that their leader be buried on the Marina Beach.
Though Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules prohibit any new construction on the Marina Beach, the government made special concession to allow former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s burial and building of her memorial in 2016.
The DMK which too expected same courtesy being extended to its leader was disappointed with party working president M K Stalin writing to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami twice on Tuesday requesting land on the Marina.


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