Madras HC allows burial of DMK chief Karunanidhi at Marina beach

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi, a colossus in Tamil Nadu politics, passed away at the age of 94 on Tuesday evening.

The leader breathed his last at the Kauvery Hospital in downtown Chennai at 6.10 pm after fighting for life for 11 days. He had not made public appearances for about two years due to his ill health.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed all pending petitions challenging burials on the Marina as it resumed hearing on a petition by the DMK seeking allotment of space at the famous beach for laying to rest its leader M Karunanidhi. Finally, the HC allowed burial of DMK chief M Karunanidhi at Marina

A huge row erupted after the state’s AIADMK government had rejected the demand of the DMK, its long-standing political rival in state politics, for land on the Marina beach where he could be buried.

The DMK moved the court late on Tuesday night hours after the AIADMK government announced its inability to allot space on the Marina beach for burial of Karunanidhi citing pending cases. The DMK argued that there was no legal impediment to allotting space within the memorial of former Chief Minister C N Annadurai on the beachfront. The government was reluctant about allotting space for Karunanidhi’s burial at the Marina as he was not a sitting chief minister.

After a special sitting that commenced late last night, the court had adjourned the matter at 1.15 am for resumed hearing at 8 am.

During the hearing last night, two of the petitioners who had moved the court against late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s burial at the Marina and construction of a memorial there, withdrew their applications.

Former chief ministers M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalitha were buried at the Marina beach and memorials to them were erected there. Both were rivals of Karunanidhi in politics.

(With agency inputs)